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  • Friday, June 29, 2012 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Social Engineering , Smart Potatoes

    Teamwork is an entity; an entity is by definition that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving).  You see, you and me make we, a third entity; two individuals thoughts or actions become expressed, intertwined and synthesized for a third way of looking at things, expressing ideas and getting things done.


    Teamwork is what makes the world go ’round; teamwork is what makes the gardens grow. The “Smart Potatoes” enterprise initiated by REAL School Gardens in concert with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and 30 elementary schools in ...

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  • Friday, June 22, 2012 | Filed under Community , Family Activities

    Last month I was lucky enough to join the REAL School Gardens staff as a summer intern.  I’ve only been here a month, but I’ve already experienced things that changed the way I look at education, food, sustainability, and most recently, families.

    Last week I joined some of the staff members and volunteers from Citi at John J. Pershing Elementary in Dallas for a garden rejuvenation. One of the things that struck me most was seeing the Citi employees who brought their family members along.


    There were teenagers painting murals with their mom, a son helping his dad fill ...

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  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | Filed under School Garden Design , Community , Instructional Aids

    I’ve been thinking a lot about chickens.  My recent trip to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Burleson could have something to do with it—or I suppose it could be the other way around. Like most great American ideas of the past quarter century, though, I think it has its real origin in Martha Stewart.  Back when I was in high school, I remember watching her show and being in awe of all the cool animals she seemed to have around.  The really cute Chow puppies, the big crow that her pet guru always carried on his shoulder, and of course ...

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  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | Filed under Volunteering , Community

    Rain barrel installation

    Pardon my grammar in the title of this post, but I just had to emphasize that we are so lucky here at REAL School Gardens to work with some incredibly talented volunteers.  We, of course, have to give a shout-out to all our volunteers with landscaping and gardening skills like Rain Scholars (shown above), Blooms Landcare, Bamboo Builders Supply, and Water Gardens Galore, to name but a few.  But I also want to brag about some unique volunteers who apply more indoor-oriented skill sets to support outdoor learning...


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