Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project

   “Watching a tiny grain turn into a 12′ sunflower is something you can’t experience on a computer.” – The Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project The School Garden of the Month feature has a few intentions: to highlight the work of school garden educators in Maine, to show the incredible possibilities that exist in school garden programs, and to … Read More

Pineapple Carrot Muffins

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from the Manchester Learning Gardens   Makes 12 muffins – double the recipe for one classroom   2 medium carrots, rinsed, peeled and grated (enough for ¾ cup) 1 cup canned crushed pineapple with juice 5 Tbsp. canola oil ¼ cup cold water 1 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed 1 … Read More

Manchester Learning Gardens

The Manchester School in Windham, ME has been bringing gardening to its students since 1999, when a small $300 WalMart Grant got them started. As a guidance counselor, Pam Lanz, who was prompted by the then principal Kassy Clements, applied for the funds to beautify the front of the school after the inside had undergone a major renovation. It only … Read More

Curried Carrot Soup

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from the Manchester Learning Gardens (serves 10, double for one class)   2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil 4 Tbls. butter 1 large onion, chopped 3 to 4 pounds carrots, roughly chopped Up to 6 cups chicken stock 1 Tbls. curry powder, or more to taste Dash or 2 of ground cayenne powder ½ tsp. coarse salt, or to taste … Read More

Seed to School Lesson Plans

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Seed to School was born out of a collaboration with the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, where 5th grade teacher Mary Dunn, and our coordinator, Myra Manning, created a series of lesson plans on vegetable varieties and seed saving. The idea is to provide educators with creative resources in order for them to integrate seeds and seed saving into classroom … Read More

Seed Decorations Activity

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How about adding some cheer to your garden-related activities with some seed ornaments and decorations!?   If you’ve got old seeds, now is the perfect time to use them up for arts and crafts, or even a germination test activity (click here for Seed to School’s germination lesson plan). You can get seeds donated from your friendly neighborhood seed companies … Read More

Albert S. Hall School Garden

All those who attended last year’s Maine School Garden Day know how special the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville is.   The garden itself is a modest size, with six raised beds right on the blacktop next to their playground. There are some round beds for herbs and small vegetable plants, with easy access for small hungry hands. It … Read More

November School Garden of the Month: Saccarappa School Garden

Our garden does not just belong to the school. It is a community garden. Our neighbors give use financial contributions, plants, seeds, and equipment. They help weed, water, stake up plants, and pick pest from plants. When we are not in school, you never know what little things happen. The garden creates the feeling where neighbors and school are one. … Read More

Garden Club Planning Template

Guyla and Linda of Saccarappa School used this template to create a plan for their garden club – goals, skills, activities, and more.  Read about their school’s plan, and create your own with the same template.    Click here for the Garden Club Plan Template! STARTING A GARDEN CLUB Your Names: Guyla Woodbrey and Linda Bois Class Grade Level(s): Kindergarten – Grade 4 Class … Read More

Growing Greens All Year – November 10th

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Join us for another School Garden Coach Workshop at Messalonskee Middle School, with professional support from Steve Rodrigue, over-wintering trials technician at Johnny’s Selected Seeds and specialized garden designer. Steve will share his expertise on how to grow greens all year for your cafeteria and school community in the classroom and outdoors! Please RSVP using the form below.     … Read More

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