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Wrapping up a month of planting!

Are you following the Kitchen Garden Corps on Facebook? Our middle schools each have a VISTA and two have Foodcorps members so they have A LOT of great stuff going on! Follow their page to see their garden adventurs and to be the first to know about their produce stands and other events!

At the Green School Kick Off the SGN distributed garden starts of chard, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, cilantro, and lettuce to 13 schools and 59 teachers that requested them (although, many of these plants are shared with MORE teachers in the schools they go to). These starts were grown by the UGArden and were provided to schools free of charge. These plants were accompanied by seed packets prepared by the ACC Extension Office. 

KACCB also offers opportunities for individuals to get involved all year long with School Garden workdays. We also support community projects with tool loans from our Tool Shed program. Check us out on UGA’s Give Pulse ( or fill out a Down & Dirty form to volunteer yourself or your group at

Give the School Garden Network a call to be directed to the resources available for your class! or (706) 613-3501 x309


Making the MOST of COMPOST!

The mention of school gardens invokes visions of kids happily planting and harvesting veggies, but you can't have food without healthy soil! So don't despair if you don't have anything planted. You can conduct a garden lesson using only dirt!

Third grade looks at the impacts of humans on the land. Take your class outside for some Shake, Rattle, and Roll to investigate soil quality for growing and then look at how water can cause us to lose our valuable topsoils with Keep Soil in its Place (page 46). This is also a great investigation to help students connect taking care of the land with future units on the Dust Bowl.

Soil microorganisms are crucial to the creation of good soils! Check out these two investigations to see how we can't live without beneficial microorganisms. Have students collect and compare soil samples from a bare spot, a forested spot where natural composting is occurring, and from the bottom of the compost bin (Walking on Ecosystems and My Soil is Better Than Your Soil (Garden Earth Naturalist)). 

And for the middle school years - Building a model of the structure of the earth using materials such as soil, straw, lettuce leaves and rocks to model the layers of the earth is a great get outside way to help students memorize the makeup or our planet. (That Layered Look)

Find more lesson ideas by looking through the grade level sorted lessons from the  UGA School Garden Resources Website!

Seeds: Arugula, Collards, Kale and Greens; Starts: Cabbage, Strawberries, Turnips

October Tasks from the ACC Extension Office
  • Plant your second planting of fall crops such as collards, turnips, cabbage, mustard and kale.
  • Refurbish mulch to control weeds, and start adding leaves and other materials for the compost pile. 
  • Harvest mature green peppers and tomatoes before frost gets them – it may not come until November, but be ready.
  • Harvest herbs and dry them in a cool, dry place.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.

Sign up now to Leaf it to Spinach!

Leaf it to Spinach is a state-wide effort to get kids across Georgia eating, growing, and participating in spinach-infused activities during October Farm to School Month. Sign up with Georgia Organics!


Eating from the garden this month:Apples, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Eggplant, Muscadines, Kale and Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Field Peas, Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips

Whip up a smoothie for your class in celebration of National Kale Day this month! Kids get into creating recipes and love to have control over their ingredients.

Custom Green Smoothie
(From the UGA School Garden Website Classroom Cookbook)

You don't have to use a recipe at all. This is condensed from several basic formulas for building a green smoothie. Mix and match an item from all three categories! 

Greens (1/2 to 2 cups)
Spinach, Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Collards
Fruits (1 to 2 cups)
Banana, Avocado, Apple, Berries, Grapes, Orange, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Melon, Papaya, Kiwi, Celery, Carrots, Cucumber, Celery
Liquids (1 to 2 cups)
Yogurt, Water, Coconut Water, Fruit Juice, Milk, Alternative Milk Products (almond, soy, coconut)

Or see some more formal smoothie recipes in the School Garden Cookbook!

Borrow the  Office of Service Learning Cooking Kit  or find a local chef to visit your classroom.
Happy National October Farm to School Month! Georgia Foodcorps is celebrating all things spinach! Check out this video, created by FoodCorps Georgia service members, to learn everything you need to know about growing and harvesting spinach! 

West Broad Farmers Market, Saturdays 10 to 2 and Tuesdays 4 to 7, West Broad Market Garden. 
Seeds: Collecting, Storing, and Starting, Master Gardener monthly gardening class. Oct 19th, 6 to 7:30 PM Athens-Clarke County Library. Free. Registration required.
Athens Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8 to Noon at Bishop Park and Weds 4-7 at Creature Comforts
Connect to Protect Native Plant Sale, Sale days October 13-14, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm weekdays, 9:00 to noon Saturday, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Outdoor Learning Symposium, Oct 14, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Attending?- Get a KACCB Scholarship)
 Athens Land Trust (ALT) Annual Celebration, Williams Farm, October 22
West Broad Market Fall Festival, October 29th
Certificate in Native Plants Fall 2016 Courses. Basic Botany 10/22; Exotic Pest Plants 10/8; Warm Season Grasses 10/12.
Master Gardener, Apply by Nov 1, 2016
SCNC Farm to Table, November 4
Fall Festival, State Botanical Garden of GA, November 5
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