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The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com.
New 2017 schedule released! The classes are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium.  The classes are free and open to gardeners of all experience levels.  Pre-registration is required to attend.  For questions regarding the classes or to register you may contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640 or by email atedrow@uga.edu.
Locally-grown in February. Find all of this month's menus at the CCSD School Nutrition Website. 
TEACH!
 
Lessons this month courtesy of the UGA School Garden Resources Website

Kindergarten: Living/Nonliving. Living and Non-Living in the Garden (pdf)

First Grade: Basic Needs of Living Things. Oh Deer!

Second & Third Grades: Energy. Mini-Terrariums

Fourth Grade: Sound and Light. Sundials

Fifth Grade: Matter and Changes. Soil

Sixth Grade: Weather and Climate. Weather in the Garden

Seventh Grade: Biological Traits. Pollination & Plant Breeding

Eighth Grade: Waves, Electricity and Magnetism. Geotropism
PLANT!

Start indoors: Cucumbers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers Watermelon; Seeds: Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, English Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips; Starts: Broccoli, Lettuce.

February Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 

*    Start seeds. Peppers and eggplants will take eight weeks to grow from seed to transplant size,while tomatoes will take six weeks. When the seed-lings form their third set of true leaves, transplant them to individual containers.
*    Prepare land for planting – winter and early spring plantings belong on a ridge (raised bed) for better drainage and earlier soil warm-up.
*    Make early plantings of your choice from the following: carrots, collards, lettuce, mustard, English peas, Irish potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips.
*    Seed herbs for April planting. Make a list of the ones that are best to buy rather than seed, such as rosemary. 

Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
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EAT!
 
Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

This recipe is from the FoodTalk program from the UGA Extension and is a good resource for "Helping Georgians Eat Healthy & Get Moving!" The website focuses on eating healthy meals on a budget.

Harvest Muffins
These flavorful muffins are a great way to get your kids (and yourself!) to eat more vegetables without even noticing it! 

Ingredients
1 can sliced carrots, drained (14 1/2 oz.) (or substitute grated)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1  egg
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
   Non-stick spray or muffin liners (12)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain carrots of salty liquid and pour onto dinner-sized plate.
Sprinkle cinnamon over carrots.
Mash with fork until all pieces of carrot are about the size of peas.
Put mashed carrots in medium size mixing bowl.
Break egg into separate small bowl and mix well with fork.
Add oil to egg and mix well.
Add oil/egg mixture to carrots.
Add sugar and stir well.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add flour mixture to carrot mixture and stir until moist.
Pour batter into muffin tins sprayed with nonstick spray or lined - about half full.
Bake 25-30 minutes. (To make 24 mini muffins, bake for about 20 minutes.) Test center of one muffin with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done.
Cool 5 minutes. Best served warm.

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@athensclarkecounty.com to learn more!
 
EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, January Issue
Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant, Deadline Feb 9, 2017
Monarchs Across GA Award, Application due Feb 10 (not a grant)
Georgia Organics Annual Conference & Expo, Feb 17 and 18, Atlanta, GA
February School Garden Learning Community, 2/21 Hi Lo @ 5:30, Contact Jenn Thompson for more information 
5th Annual Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance Conference and Research Symposium, March 3-5, Buford, GA
Free Gardening Classes, 6 to 7:30 PM, ACC Library. Pre-registration is required. March 8: Soil Health.
SCNC Founders Award, $300 Grants due March 17, 3/18 School Lunch Challenge, 12 PM, Whitehead Road Elementary
Farm to School Partner Meeting, March 29th, 4:30 PM ACC Library
Advanced Training in Environmental Education Courses: Course II 3/31-4/2 ; Course III 6/9-11.
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