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Welcome back! We are excited to start the 2019-20 school year with you! We've already got some great events lined up to get you started right!
 
August 29th Green School Kick Off
We will all gather at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for food and giveaways to get your Green School year started off right! We will be handing out your green school prizes and certificates from 2018-19 and loading you up with information and goodies for the 2019-20 school year. Come eat and meet with us! Pick up the plants and seeds that you ordered and talk to garden service organizations. 

Need a School Garden Workday to get your beds ready for school? 
This year we've set up a one stop questionnaire to get you signed up for volunteers, help, tools, compost, and mulch. Let us know your garden workday plans and needs now so we can start getting resources sent your way. WORKDAY SURVEY

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x7872 or emailing stacy.smith@accgov.com.

See all menus and events for this month online.
PLANT!

What to plant this month, Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Greens, Lettuce, Spinach, Soybeans, Radishes, Turnips; Starts: Broccoli, Tomatoes, lettuce

August Tasks from the ACC Extension Office   
  • Harvest and use summer crops.
  • Get the beds weeded and ready for fall planting.
  • Apply fertilizer and prepare seed bed so rains will settle the rows and make it easier to get seeds to germinate when they are planted.
  • Use starter solution on transplanted crops.
  • Water the garden as needed to prevent drought stress.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.

TEACH!

A scavenger hunt is a great way to welcome students to the gardens! Whether it is their first time at the school, their first time in the garden, or if they are old pros-- setting them free in the garden with a task to complete eases them into learning! Put them in teams and let them start learning to work together with their new classmates.

Growing Minds has a great collection of scavenger hunts to choose from that cover a variety of ages and topics and can be modified to fit your needs. They are in word, so they are printable and changeable. Scavenger hunts!

 And teachers aren't exempt! Take some time to find these items as you explore your school!
1) Your gardens! Many schools have existing gardens that don't get used because no one takes the time to seek them out and see what's up with them.
2) Other garden teachers. Form a team to help lighten the load. Bring up gardening at a staff meeting and see who else is interested.
3) Gardening Parents. Attend a PTO or PTA meeting, let the parents know that you plan to use the garden and ask for help. Connect with the garden committee or ask them to form one. A garden workday is a great way for families to spend time at the school with their students and help out!
4) Your community gardening resources. For this one, come on out to the Fall School Garden Festival and learn about the help and resources available to your school.

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

EAT!
 
Eating from the garden this month: Apples, Basil, Beans, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Muscadines, Okra, Field Peas, Peppers, Sweet and Irish Potatoes, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon

New free Cooking in the Classroom Guide from Alabama's Schoolyard Roots. Visit the website to download and print the entire guide! 


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 stacy.smith@accgov.com to learn more!

EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter
Free Gardening Class, Fall Vegetables, ACC Library. August 7, 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Register
The Great Georgia Pollinator Count, August 23 and 24, Citizen Science Project
Green School Kick Off, August 29th, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 4 to 6 PM (this is where you will pick up your plants and seeds and meet with organizations to help with your garden!)
 
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