Category Archives: Instructional Activities

Science and Our Food Supply – Free Supplementary Curriculum for Middle Level and High School Classrooms

What captures the interest of students? FOOD! Yes, food can be used to engage students in inquiry-based science — really! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and Our Food Supply, an innovative, interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle level and high school […]

UC Davis Website Afghan Ag is a boon for Garden Educators

I recently came across a very valuable teaching resource for both educators and students from a very unlikely source – Afghan Ag. e-Afghan Ag is supported by the USDA and managed by University of California, Davis with additional information from other land grant universities such as Cornell and Purdue. The url is http://afghanag.ucdavis.edu/ The site contains […]

Grow LA Victory Garden Classes at Greystone Mansion

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching the Grow LA Victory Garden Classes once again at  Greystone Mansion and Park in Beverly Hills. This series of classes are for all those who wish to grow fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. We will be hosting 4 Sunday classes (12 noon – […]

10 School Garden Fundraising Ideas

Let’s face it, gardens cost money. We need seeds, tools, amendments, irrigation, and if we’re lucky, support staff. How are we supposed to pay for all this? First, there are many grants that will help you get started. We have published our own list of school garden grants which we update periodically. However grants don’t last […]

School Garden Manuals from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Two great (free) publications are currently available from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations aka FAO.org. Publications can be viewed in html or downloaded as a pdf. 1. Setting Up and Running a School Garden Adequate nutrition and education are key to the development of children and their future livelihoods. The reality […]

Grow LA Victory Garden Classes at Greystone Mansion

The University of California Cooperative Extension is organizing workshops in various communities throughout Los Angeles County to teach residents how to grow their own vegetables. I am pleased to announce Greystone Mansion and Park in Beverly Hills will be one of the hosting sites for the upcoming Fall classes and yours truly will be the […]