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VISTA Blog Post #9 – Student Support for School Compost

On November 6th, Apalachee High School had their first annual Garden Work Day! This work day was organized as an opportunity for students to learn about composting and work to repair their current compost system. Prior to the 6th, students at Apalachee were using a pallet-built system that had long…
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VISTA Post #8: Community Support for School Gardens

Our first community workday at Clarke Middle School was a blast, not to mention a huge success! More than 20 CMS students and their parents and siblings, plus one entirely unaffiliated volunteer who belatedly confessed that he thought he was at Alps Elementary, showed up to help complete a plethora…
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VISTA Post #6: Welcoming the New 9 Weeks

As September came to an end and October began, the students at Hilsman Middle School transitioned into a new 9 weeks. During this time I have recruited 60 students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to help with food collection and redistribution in the cafeteria. With every new day…
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VISTA Post #4: Students in Action

On my second Wednesday at Hilsman Middle School I began our food collection journey in the cafeteria. My goal was to see how kids interacted with a cart rolling up and down the isles of their cafeteria as I requested packaged foods they did not want and their milk cartons…
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VISTA Post #3: Closing the Garden Loop

On Friday the Apalachee Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science classes joined me in an animal nutrition and benefit class. All eight classes joined me to talk about how we can use animals on the farm to benefit our garden. Students learned how using animal waste in addition to organic…
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THE KITCHEN GARDEN CORPS. IT’S ALL IN OUR NAME.

Let us lay out our name for you. Defined by some, the goal of a kitchen garden is to make the function of providing food aesthetically joyful. We could end there. But there is so much more. We are the Kitchen Garden Corps, and we have a history. They may…
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Grow It Know It to participate in 2019 GreenFest Expo and Awards

GIKI will participate in the Athens-Clarke County GreenFest Expo and Awards February 23, 2019, at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The awards showcase the work of those who have pushed for a more socially, economically, and environmentally resilient community. For its part, GIKI will perform environmentally inspired songs and skits for…
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Grow It Know It to collaborate with SciREN Georgia

GIKI will share its experiences working with school gardens when it participates in the SciREN Networking Event on February 23, 2019, at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. SciREN Georgia coordinates a platform for researchers to provide educators with K-12 classroom ready lesson plans, which are based on their current…
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