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Clarke Central will be having a plant sale for Mother's Day May 10th-12th at the Greenhouse (enter the school from the back on Rocksprings St). They have gorgeous petunia planters and baskets, herb plants, as well as various mixed annual planters and baskets. 350 South Milledge Ave, Athens.

Coile Middle is having a plant sale Monday to Friday (May 8 to 19) from 4 to 5 pm each day.

The Clarke Middle market is every Monday from 4:15 - 6pm. CMS Future Farmers of America is also selling potted plants (herbs, tomatoes & hanging baskets of flowers) at the CMS Monday market.

Kitchen Garden Corps summer program - check out this neat camp for middle school (and rising middle schoolers).

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing
Locally-grown in May. Find all of this month's menus at the CCSD School Nutrition Website.

It is International Compost Awareness Week! All elementary schools will be getting a copy of Yucky Worms, by Vivian French for their school media center!

And find Compost lesson plans for K-12 here!
Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

Farm to School Summit in Augusta, Georgia on October 5-6. Find out more and register for the Farm to School Summit here. The Early Bird deadline is June 16, and is limited to 80 tickets.

Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale and Greens, Okra, Field Peas, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon; Starts: Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Pumpkin, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
May Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Make third plantings of vegetables mentioned (snap beans, corn, squash, lima beans).
  • Control grass and weeds; they compete for moisture and fertilizer.
  • Locate mulching materials for such crops as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Irish potatoes, okra and lima beans.
  • Pole beans cling to the trellis or sticks more readily if attached by the time they start running.
  • Try a few tomato plants on stakes or trellises this year. Now is the time to start removing suckers and tying the plants up.
  • Watch out for the “10 most wanted culprits”: Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, bean leaf beetle, Harlequin cabbage bug, blister beetle, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, tomato fruit worm(and corn earworm), cucumber beetle and squashbug.
  • Keep a log book of problems and failures that occur so you can avoid or prevent them in the next planting season. Note successful techniques and varieties for consideration next season.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Peaches, Field Peas, Plums, Irish Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Strawberries

Recipe courtesy of:

Carrot Top Pesto

1/2 pound of Carrots with tops
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp Walnuts
6 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt
1 clove of Garlic
  • Wash and pull leafy green carrot tops off of the carrots. Have one group of students cut the carrots into matchsticks, i.e julienne.
  • Measure 1 cup of lightly packed carrot tops, place into bowl
  • Measure ¼ cup parmesan cheese, place into bowl
  • Measure 3 tbsp walnuts into bowl
  • Measure 6 tbsp of olive oil into the blender or processor
  • Measure 1 tsp salt, and add to blender
  • Peel 1 clove of garlic, and add to blender
  • Pour the carrot tops, parmesan cheese, and walnuts into blender bowl or container to processor, put on lid, and process pesto ingredients until consistency of thick sauce. Pour into a small bowl to serve with carrot matchsticks!
Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact to learn more!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, April Issue
Monthly Free Gardening Classes, 6 to 7:30 PM, ACC Library. Pre-registration is required. 6/14 Getting Along with Garden Bugs.
Advanced Training in Environmental Education Courses: Course III 6/9-11.
Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit, Oct 5-6, Augusta
Project Wild and Learning Tree Teacher Workshop. Using Your Outdoor Classroom. SCNC. $50 for the two curriculums. Nov 11, 2017. Contact to register.
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