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March Madness!
Those that ordered plants from the UGArden can expect delivery after spring break. We will be contacting those that have plants coming when we have a date. It is too late for spring plant orders, but we can still get you seeds! Contact stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com. You may also order your plants for fall from our website

The School Lunch Challenge is this month's biggest Farm to School event. Get your (free) tickets today! School Lunch Challenge.

This is also the month before Green Fest. Apply for awards and participate in the student art contest. GreenFest Website

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com.
Locally-grown in March. Find all of this month's menus at the CCSD School Nutrition Website.
TEACH!

As we swing into spring and a season of heavy testing, don't forget to grab all the fruits and veggies you can to boost your brain- AND outside time to recharge your battery. The USDA Discover MyPlate has some great ideas to tie nutrition and activity to celebrations for every season (it says Kindergarten, but you are never too old to play!)

"A green holiday deserves a green celebration! Since March is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday, read Green Eggs and Ham to set the mood and begin a discussion about being open to trying new things. Snacks: Provide green fruits such as green grapes, apples, kiwi, honeydew melon, and pears; and vegetables like fresh spinach, broccoli, green beans, green bell peppers, cucumbers, and peas. Encourage students to try something new and then vote on their favorites."

Or try some of these fun activities to add some PE to your learning (source: Kids Gardening)

Be a Bee (preK to 3rd) 
Winter Bird Observation (3rd to 8th)
Insect Safari (K to 12th)
 
Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

 
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PLANT!

Seeds: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Collards, English Peas, Kale and Greens, Potatoes, Radishes, Turnips; Starts: Cabbage, Collards, Kale and Greens, Lettuce
 
March Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 

•    Make second plantings of such quickly-maturing crops as turnips, mustard greens, radishes and "spring onions."
•    Thin plants when they are 2 to 3 inches tall to give the plants room to grow.
•    Before settling them in the garden, harden-off transplants - place them in their containers outdoors in a sheltered place a few days ahead of planting them.
•    Watch out for insects, especially cutworms, plant lice (aphids) and red spider mites.
 
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
EAT!
 
Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, English Peas, Radish, Spinach, Turnips

Rainbows are a great theme for March and St. Patrick's Day. Make some Rainbow Wraps and then have a hunt for gold on the playground!

Recipe: Crunchy Rainbow Wraps
Source: PBS Kitchen Explorers
Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 6
A quick and easy customizable meal or snack.

Ingredients
4 oz. light vegetable cream cheese (or use Boursin cheese or blue cheese or ranch dressing)
6 large flavored wraps such as spinach or red pepper or whole wheat or flour tortillas
6 large lettuce leaves
1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (2 – 3 large carrots)
1 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage, or use peeled and diced cucumber
1/4 red onion, finely diced (1/2 cup total) (optional)
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup crumbled blue or shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

Instructions
Spread a thin layer of cream cheese (or other spread) on one side of each tortilla, and top it with a lettuce leaf.
Distribute the fillings evenly on the tortillas (or customize them to your students’ tastes), fold in the ends, and roll them up burrito or wrap-style. Cut each wrap in half diagonally to expose the rainbow within.
 

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, February Issue
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
Athens-Clarke County Farm to School Meeting, March 29th, 4:30 Pm to 6 in the ACC Library Community Room. Open to the Public.
Advanced Training in Environmental Education Courses: Course II 3/31-4/2 ; Course III 6/9-11.
Project Wild and Learning Tree Teacher Workshop. Using Your Outdoor Classroom. SCNC. $50 for the two curriculums. 4/1. Contact Stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com to register.
Athens Farmers Market, Opening Day 4/1. 
Athens Land Trust, West Broad N'hood Block Party, 4/22
West Broad Farmers Market Grand Opening, 4/29
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