Growing Green

Ethel A. Jacobson Elementary School: Ready to SNAP into Spring!

It’s just around the corner … SPRING, SPRING, SPRING and it is only 20 days away and counting. This 2015 spring season marks our 5th growing season in our award winning, grant-funded; PTA supported EJ Schoolyard Gardens, which are located in Surf City, New Jersey. For our little hands at the EJ School, SNAP PEAS have proven to be an all-around winner year after

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Chelsea Heights School Gardens: Light at the end of the Tunnel

This year’s garden program began with a challenge: revamp our current semi-dilapidated gardens. We had toyed around with a bunch of ideas on how we were going to improve upon our gardens that we created 6 years ago, as the rotting wood had finally succumbed to the elements. Luckily for us, in all of its generosity, AtlantiCare once again came to the rescue. We

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Atlantic County Special Services District (ACSSD): Past, Present and Future…..

We began in 2010 with a grant awarded by AtlantiCare to Fern H. Since then we have formed a partnership and are now a Healthy School!! We have received multiple mini grants from AtlantiCare and our Education Foundation which has been awarded every year. Community members have joined us to till the gardens and plant trees and blueberry bushes. This has sparked new H>S>

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Alder Avenue Middle School, Garden Blog: The Alder Garden

By 6th Graders Sheikh Mahmud & Shaylen Roell Our school garden constantly keeps growing and improving, just like the staff and students at Alder Avenue Middle School. The many features help students become more aware of how to become healthier. Rain barrels are set up in the garden. They collect rain runoff from the school’s gymnasium roof to water plants instead of using hoses

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Absegami High School: Creating a Sustainable School Garden

The More Green Thumbs, the Better By Kerry Flukey & Ron Schmid Well, it has been over a year in the planning and preparation, but we finally succeeded in creating a sustainable garden at Absegami High School. To say the garden is a success is an understatement; after careful design, planting, organizing, etc. we have been able to harvest over 15 pounds of produce

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Lessons Learned with Seed Starting at Dr. J. M. Intermediate School

We have had a pond and flower garden for about 6 years now. We began our agricultural attempt about three years ago by building two raised beds and planting in the spring. Unfortunately, this only allowed us to harvest in the summer when the majority of our students were unavailable – although, we did have some summertime BBQs with garden fresh salads. This year,

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Water Conservation at Upper Township Middle School

Hoping that the luck of the Irish extends to our gardens – students planted peas on St. Patrick’s Day. Students have been busy cleaning up the garden beds in anticipation of spring planting. Inside; beans, peppers, cucumbers and parsley are sprouting from seeds and will be soon ready to transplant to the outside gardens. Spring has finally sprung and so has the kale, peas

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A New School Garden at Slaybaugh School Complex

Happy Spring from our Slaybaugh School Garden! Spring cleanup began this month with kindergarten and first grade classes preparing the raised beds and pulling up some old cold weather vegetables left from last fall. We were so surprised and happy to see our first kale plants survived the winter and are still growing! As we prepare to plant our spring garden, many of our

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