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  • Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Science , Smart Potatoes

    "The student knows that organisms have structures that help them survive within their environments."

    This is a recurring science standard for Texas students Kindergarten through 5th grade. Even the youngest students begin learning about plants, the structures and functions of their parts, and how those structures serve to help plants survive in their environment.

     

    Student Journal Entry

     

    What is the purpose of a stem? Why would a rose have thorns? How does a vine climb up a wall? Why do dandelion seeds float on the wind? And why would a potato plant grow those delicious potatoes??

     

     

    The answer, of ...

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  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | Filed under Community , Family Activities , Smart Potatoes

     

     Potatoes and onions out in the garden

    Today is the first day of spring, which is an exciting time of year for gardeners young and old. Springtime is known as a season of fecundity, not just because of the bursts of wildflowers and the flurry of butterflies and other pollinators but because of the fruits (and vegetables) that are an eternal symbol of botanical fertility. That's right, don't let autumn steal the spotlight as the harvest season. Prepare yourself for a bounty of tender, fresh spring produce followed by the bursting tomatoes and plump peppers of summer.

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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Science , Smart Potatoes

    Schools in North Texas are on their Spring Break this week, and although the official switch from winter to spring doesn't take place until next week on March 20th, spring is awakening. We can see the telltale signs of warmer weather all around us - more people outside taking walks, riding their bikes, mowing their lawns (and maybe clucking disapprovingly at neighbors who still haven't mowed theirs), but what really signifies the emergence of spring better than a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis?

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    Gulf Fritillary hanging from its chrysalis

    Just recently at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Dallas, ...

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  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Educators , Community , Smart Potatoes

    Humans are fascinated with systems. Pay attention today and see how many conversations, news stories, and emails you encounter about a change in some kind of system. From federal health care to domestic systems guiding how a family goes about keeping the house clean, everything is systems nested in other systems, and all are interdependent. Those of us in the nonprofit world hope that our careers can be oriented towards improving systems and creating positive change in the world. At REAL School Gardens we change school systems. We believe that by activating a diverse community of partners we can create ...

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  • Monday, March 5, 2012 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , Smart Potatoes

    Spring is around the corner, and spuds are in the ground. We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Smart Potatoes program - an effort by elementary students and teachers to grow potatoes in their school garden to be harvested and donated to their neighborhood food pantries. Our partner school communities are helping learning and caring take root by studying potatoes in their learning gardens and distributing harvested potatoes to members of their community in the greatest need. 

    Bunch of potatoes   

    This program is a collaboration between REAL School Gardens in partnership with The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and the educators at participating schools. We are ...

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