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Connecting Children to STEM

There are many ways we can incorporate health and nutrition education, environmental education, agricultural awareness, and local food into our experiential learning objectives at local schools.  Extension agents share a common interest in connecting Local, Environmental, Agricultural and Food (LEAF) experiences to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for enhancing…
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School Gardens

Over the past year, I’ve been contacted by several elementary and middle schools in Bartow County about starting school gardens! This is an exciting time in education as our local schools work toward becoming certified in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Having a school garden is a natural extension…
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Free Soil

Question: Can I use soil dredged from Allatoona Lake in my vegetable garden? Every winter, the Army Corps of Engineers must use a crane to dredge out silt and sediment from Allatoona Lake.  If you drive by the Knox Bridge boat ramp on highway 20 near Canton, you will see…
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Not Your Father’s Corn

I noticed many folks buying sweet corn seed at local garden centers recently. I also noticed that the most popular variety still appears to be Silver Queen. When I was a kid, everyone planted Silver Queen corn, which is a late season variety. The problem with late season varieties is…
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