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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Community , REAL Supporters

    In my role at REAL School Gardens, I'm not out in the field as often as my colleagues. But over the past week, I've gotten to spend some time away from the computer screen preparing for our Fling-A-Thing event to celebrate North Texas Giving Day. Most people probably wouldn't consider collecting manure samples to be joyful, engaging, soul-filling work. But that's exactly what it was for me, and it reminded me of why we work so hard to get students outdoors and learning.

    When I was standing on the prairie at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge surrounded ...

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  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | Filed under Volunteering , Parent Paricipation , Educators , Community , REAL Teacher Journal , REAL Supporters

    A new school year has started with subtle yet significant changes to the REAL School Garden education program.  New “Evergreen Training” name, but the goal remains the same.  As we prepare for the new garden coordinator meeting, I can’t help to reflect on this sustainability flow I wrote before our May 2014 Garden Coordinator meeting.  Sustainability or maintenance of the teaching garden seems to be a common topic of concern and interest for our outdoor learning leaders.

     As experts in the garden-based education movement, we aspire to work with instructional leaders, teachers, and garden coordinators to:

    • Appreciate gardens as resources ...

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  • Friday, December 20, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Environmental Stewardship , Educators , Community , REAL Teacher Journal , REAL Supporters

    At our most recent Holiday Christmas lunch at a local sweet salad spot,  The REAL School staff gathered around a wooden, from the trees, table each having a box with a word inside.  The task was to open and share what the word meant in your life both in the past and the future. Venezuela - Change - Matt - Gratitude - Ellen - Commitment- Scott - Compassion - Sarah - Health - V - Sacrifice - D.J. Moe - Inspire - Shawn - Courage -  J Cross - Adventure - LeCompost - Happiness  


    The words were randomly ...

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  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , REAL Supporters

    What do a Peugeot pepper mill and a REAL school garden have in common?  According to Executive Chef Blaine Staniford of GRACE restaurant, they are both essential tools for a wonderful Schoolyard Harvest Dinner!  In the interview below, the chef tells us more about which ingredients make his cooking - and the annual Schoolyard Harvest - so special.  Come taste and see for yourself this Thursday - it's not too late to get your ticket!

    1. Most useful kitchen tool? "Besides my chef knife, I love my Peugeot pepper mill."

    A pepper mill is specifically designed to ...

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  • Friday, October 18, 2013 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , REAL Supporters

    At Meadowbrook Elementary in East Fort Worth the beginning of the school year is always full of promise. As students dig into the curriculum, they also dig into the soil of their school garden to plant the promise of a very special harvest. Every autumn for the past three years, Meadowbrook students have participated in the Schoolyard Harvest Dinner, a unique opportunity for students to grow vegetables with a special purpose - to be served by award-winning Chef Blaine Staniford at GRACE Restaurant in Fort Worth. From September to November, students cultivate a dedicated crop of organic vegetables and ...

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  • Monday, August 19, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters

    Botanical Interests  

    Botanical Interests has once again made a kind donation to REAL School Gardens this year that includes an impressive amount of seed packets!  What comes next?  We will need all the volunteers we can get to sort out thousands of seed packets for this upcoming school year.  No heavy lifting or hours of standing around necessary.  You can add these hours to your resume, required school volunteer hours or just come out for a plain ‘ol good time!  Feel free to come and go as necessary during the business hours of 8a.m.-6p.m.  Other hours ...

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  • Friday, May 10, 2013 | Filed under School Garden Installation , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters

    Sarah Geer is Director of Foundation and Individual Relations, REAL School Gardens

    On April 27, more than 100 FedEx volunteers completed a very special same-day delivery: they created a sustainable learning garden in the span of one day.

    For the 612 students at Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary in Dallas, this garden will help them connect with their lessons – and the environment – in a new and meaningful way. FedEx volunteers applied their expertise in efficiency to make quick work of numerous projects, including: tilling the ground, depositing wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of soil in garden beds, erecting a grape arbor, ...

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  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Student Behavior , Community , Instructional Aids , Science , REAL Supporters , Smart Potatoes



    REAL School Gardens, Surgical Care Affiliates, The United Way and Richardson Bike Mart were part of an amazing occasion held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the children of the organization, Bea’s Kids.  This event was created to increase interest in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.  This event not only reached out to the areas of STEM, but it also gave the kids confidence and a feeling of accomplishment after creating each project. 



    With around 200 volunteers and about eighty children involved, ...

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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Filed under Volunteering , Community , REAL Supporters


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  On Monday, January 21, 2013, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in honor of Dr. King Jr.’s legacy.  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the MLK Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. []  Going beyond providing community service on just one day out of the year, Dr. King Jr. calls us to continue to serve our neighbors and communities throughout the year. 


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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Health and Nutrition , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters


    Community Night is an opportunity for schools or not-for-profit groups to have a great fundraiser at Blue Mesa Grill. This Thursday evening, November 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm, Blue Mesa Grill in Addison is hosting a Community Night dinner benefiting the REAL school learning garden at John J. Pershing Elementary (Dallas ISD). 




    All friends and community members are invited to enjoy creations featuring spinach, lettuce and cilantro grown in the REAL school garden at John J. Pershing Elementary.  Dinner will be $20.00 per person with 25% of the proceeds donated back to the Pershing school learning ...

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