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HORT 2000 Students need to finish their hours by April 26th. If you would like to host some students, let me know and I will create a listing!

Interested in composting programming? There is a new crop of Master Composters looking for volunteer hours! They can provide programming or help with your bins!

Use this FORM to let us know what you need!
Congratulations to our School Garden Champion Award Winners!

The Athens School Garden Network is celebrating local schools, staff, teachers, and community members for their contributions to farm-to-school and garden-based learning in Athens-Clarke County.
The School Garden Champions award ceremony was held at the Athens Community Career Academy on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:30pm. Dinner was prepared and served by Chef Emmanuel Stone, students at the Athens Community Career Academy, and the Athens Land Trust’s Young Urban Farmers. Dinner featured Georgia grown beef and locally grown vegetables.
Farm-to-school programs engage K-12 students across the curriculum in hands-on, food and garden-based learning. The Clarke County School District (CCSD) has received statewide and national recognition for its farm-to-school programs, which have positively impacted our students and district as a whole. In 2018, CCSD received the state’s Platinum-level Golden Radish Award. It was named the state’s “Outstanding District” for farm-to-school in 2015.
The ACC School Garden Champions Awards is a local award ceremony to celebrate those who make farm-to-school and garden-based learning a success in Athens-Clarke County. This is the second year for these awards. Honorees are nominated by their peers and are individuals that have gone above and beyond to make garden-based learning a success at the school level.
Garden Champion Awardees 2019
Outstanding Elementary School Teacher: Leslie Johnson, Whit Davis Elementary
Outstanding Middle School Teacher: Jennifer Thomas, Clarke Middle School
Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Science: Ashley Na, Clarke Middle School
Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Ag Science: Barb Saunders, BHL
Outstanding Administrator – Middle: Tad MacMillan, Clarke Middle School
Outstanding Administrator- Elementary: Ellen Sabatini, Barrow Elementary
Outstanding Elementary School Student: Jacob Lightsey, Barnett Shoals Elementary
Outstanding Middle School Student: Adarian Tamarius Pope, Clarke Middle School
Outstanding Garden Champion - Volunteer: Tim Hulsey
Outstanding Garden Champions - School: Naomi Craver & Karen smith
Outstanding Garden Partner Organization: Grow It Know It
Outstanding Garden Volunteer: Jake Blaydes, Lunchbox Garden Project
Outstanding Volunteer Group: Classic City Lions club, BHL
Outstanding School: Clarke Middle School
Outstanding Parent Volunteers: Emily Tatum, Nunally Benzing, Julie Darnell, Chase Street Elementary
The Athens School Garden Network includes the Athens Community Career Academy, the Clarke County School District, Athens Land Trust, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, and Grow It Know It in partnership with Clarke County School District, UGA Public Service and Outreach, and UGA Extension
The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing
Family and Consumer Science Teacher POWER TEAM! Coile's Sarah Lockman, Clarke Middle's Hope Zimmerman, and Hilsman's Erin Seymour with their winning entry at this year's School Lunch Challenge! Look for it on the school lunch menu next year!
Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Kale and Greens, Okra, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Turnips, watermelon; Starts: Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
April Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Plant  warm-season crops.
  • Make a second planting within two to three weeks of the first planting of snap beans, corn and squash.
  • Be sure to plant enough vegetables for canning and freezing.
  • Cultivate to control weeds and grass, to break crusty soil, and to provide aeration.
  • Maintain mulch between rows.
  • Plant tender herbs.
  • Remember: Do not work in your garden when the foliage is wet to avoid spreading diseases from one plant to another.

International Compost Awareness Week is coming up at the beginning of May! The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful's Board of Directors is donating books to Green School libraries this month! So be on the look our for Leaf Litter Critters!

Find more information about composting at The Compost Foundation's website and visit their education page to watch Kiss the Ground's "Story of Compost"

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

Harvest: Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, English Peas, Radish, Spinach, Strawberries, Turnips

It's getting hotter! Time for outdoor snacks and field day yummies!

Summer Snacks
From Sitter City

Homemade popsicles 

How to: Combine 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen or fresh both work) in a blender with 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for 8-10 hours. Carefully remove popsicles from molds and enjoy!

Get creative: Mix and match fruit and yogurt combinations that sound yummy. 

Rainbow fruit plate

How to: On a large platter, add the following fruit in arched rows: Strawberries (red), honeydew melon (orange), pineapple (yellow), kiwi fruit (green), blueberries (blue). Add a handful of marshmallows at the end of the rainbow for a sweet treat. 

Mix it up: Swap raspberries for strawberries; green grapes for kiwi fruit, mango for pineapple, and so on. 

Zucchini fries” 

How to: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut zucchini length-wise into fry-sized sticks. Scatter zucchini sticks onto a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.

Shape up: Cut the zucchini into disks instead of sticks for a fun new shape. Add ranch dressing on the side for dipping.

Cucumber cups

How to: Trim the ends of a large cucumber. Cut the cucumber crosswise into one-and-a-half inch slices. Hallow out the middle of the cucumber with a teaspoon, being careful not to cut through the bottom.

Fill ‘em up: Cucumbers provide a perfect kid-sized cup for chicken salad, a mixture of grains and greens, or hummus.

Watermelon on a stick

How to: Cut your watermelon into triangular pieces — leave the rind on if you want. Slice your pieces about 3/4” – 1-inch thick. Insert a popsicle stick into the rind or base of the triangle, and voila! Watermelon on a stick. 

Cut above: Try using cookie cutters to create fun shapes with the watermelon. Watermelon stars are perfect for the Fourth of July!

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, February Issue.
4/3 Garden Champion Awards Reception, ACCA
4/3 Veggie Gardening Class, ACC Library
4/13 Plantapalooza, Multiple Locations
4/20 Landscaping and Planting for Pollinators, State Botanical Garden
4/25 South by South Milledge Spring Festival, UGArden
4/27 Athens Area Master Gardener Plant Sale, Extension
4/27 Medicinal Herbs of the SE, State Botanical Garden
4/30 Green School Lessons DUE
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