Tag Archives: back to school

How to get extra cash for your school garden

26 Aug

The new school year is here! Which means you’re probably up to your eyeballs in pencils, crayons, markers, loose leaf paper, tissues, and whatever else is on the kids’ school supply lists. Kudos to all the super hero teachers out there who spent the summer slaving over lesson plans and decorating their classroom to make this school year extra awesome. (Seriously, are teachers even real humans? They’re amazing.)

Of course we know that being generally awesome takes money. A lot of money. Many teachers even dip into their personal savings to pay for their own school supplies.


So before that well meaning person asks “What are we doing with the school garden this year?” And you’re all like:


Check out these garden grants!

Fall 2014 Jamba Juice– It’s all about the veggies

2015 Youth Garden Grant

2015 Mantis Tiller Award

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant 

Lowes Toolbox for Education 

Bonnie Plant’s 3rd Grad Kids Cabbage Program

The Herb society of America’s Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants

These organizations are basically saying “Here, take my money. FOR FREE.” All that’s standing between you and a pile of extra cash is an application. So get to it!

Happy back-to-school!


P.S. I’m curious. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy for your school garden?

Karly Presents: Healthy Back to School Lunches

14 Aug

I hope everyone had a great summer with friends and family. But, now it’s time to get ready to go back to school. Its fun to get new school supplies, new clothes, a new backpack, and of course a new lunchbox. Just remember that the food inside your lunchbox is the most important part.

Karly stars

Packing your lunchbox can be fun! Be creative. Use cookie cutters and make fun shapes with your sandwiches, fruits and vegetables. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew melon and cucumber work best with cookie cutters. Don’t forget to use all of those yummy fruits and veggies you have been growing in your garden.

Karly veggie bag

Lettuce and tomatoes are very tasty on a sandwich Make bags ahead of time with your favorite veggies so they’re east to grab and go in the morning.  If you happen to have an apple tree, pick an apple for yourself and don’t forget your teacher!

Karly’s Healthy School Lunch:

Pizza Roll-up

1 8 inch whole-wheat flour tortilla
2 tblsp. prepared pizza sauce
12 leaves baby spinach
3 tblps. shredded part skim mozzarella

Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top.  Microwave on high until the cheese is just melted about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired.  Pack the slices in a medium container.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy school year!
Stay tuned,

Karly Smith is our newest Teaching Gardens volunteer. She’s 11 years old, and loves to help kids learn about healthy cooking and eating. 

Read her full blog here