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  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Health and Nutrition , Instructional Aids




    Noun: garbage - food that is discarded (as from a kitchen), food waste, refuse, scraps.

    And so it is that by cooking fresh produce in my kitchen (most often from the garden, less often from the market) I find there is an amount of less desirous plant parts that no one wishes to eat, unless of course as an example, you take a liking to sweet potato peel soup. There was a time that dish was actually served to me and that is when I discovered composting.


    The alchemy of composting whereby garbage from ...

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  • Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | Filed under Health and Nutrition


    Photo courtesy of KTTC Television, Inc.(                        


    We’re in the peak of the season of summer, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Texas.  As you enjoy the summer pool parties, cookouts, vacations and other festive occasions of the season, celebrate summer in cool style with a couple of recipes for the grill that are big on flavor, yet still light, refreshing and healthy.  


    Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa

    By The American Heart Association (recipe found here)    


    Photo courtesy of  


    Grilled pineapple and fresh mint ...

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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | Filed under Volunteering , Community

    Our school gardens are all about broadening perspectives and exploring new ideas. In this way, a very local, familiar, daily experience for our students expands their thinking far beyond school walls and neighborhood boundaries. Questions about why okra can grow in our hot Texas summers lead to discussions of the plant's origins in Africa. And lessons on creating paint from rocks are overlaid with stories of Native American artistry.

     Flower in rock paint

     Just as our students are able to use something tangible in their outdoor classroom to take learning to a new level, our corporate partners are exhibiting a similar trend of ...

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  • Friday, July 13, 2012 | Filed under Educators , Science , Math

    It’s not exactly news that students in the United States don’t measure up to students in other countries when it comes to math and science.

    But why is this important? According to a report by the National Governors Association, students who get degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and who get jobs in STEM fields not only get paid significantly more, but also experience lower unemployment rates than workers who enter other fields.

    Something in that NGA report was of particular interest to us. One of the six steps they decided would help accomplish STEM reform was “using informal ...

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  • Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Filed under Art in the Garden , School Garden Design , Community , Fine Arts

    When I was young, my house was near a wooded area with a serene creek running at the bottom of the hillside.  My parents encouraged me to play outside - and one of my favorite play activities was doing art projects with items I found in the woods.  I will always remember the countless and joyful hours I spent gathering leaves, twigs, rocks and flowers and drawing, tying, gluing them together in all sorts of creative ways.  Mom tells me she also remembers the many bugs that came into our house on these projects! 


    Today, one of my greatest ...

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  • Monday, July 2, 2012 | Filed under Partnership Application


    REAL school gardens are stimulating, inviting and beautiful spaces that encourage a child's learning across subject matters.  They are unique outdoor classrooms designed to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for elementary-aged children.  This real-world learning can be integrated into all academic subject areas and has been shown to benefit children by boosting academic achievement, nurturing healthy lifestyles, cultivating life skills and promoting environmental stewardship.


    Do you know of a North Texas elementary school whose students would benefit from having an outdoor learning classroom (school garden) at their school?  Well here’s your chance to make that dream a reality!  REAL School Gardens’ partner application process is now open! 


    Currently, REAL ...

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