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    Elementary school gardens for life science classes - with native plants

    Middle school and high school urban agriculture programs

    Flowerboxes and window gardens for apartments

    Farms not lawns projects

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    by TarheelDem on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:44:13 AM PDT

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    •  excellent - keep the suggestions coming :) n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:51:40 AM PDT

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    •  Agree w/ DOV--great suggestions! (1+ / 0-)
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      One thought comes to mind and 'shirley' others have some good ideas.  

      I love the idea of the (esp. elementary) school gardening--it could be demonstrative and educational for the kids regarding nutrition, biology, environmentalism, physical work/education, scientific experimentation, cooking, many other things I'm sure I'm forgetting...even tying in w/ local communities and experts (e.g. local gardening clubs w/ expertise of what grows well/poorly in the area)!  And how great would it be for kids' school lunches to include the crops they grew themselves?

      My question is about the fact that summer is when school is out--yet it's also the peak growing season.  How can that be 'bridged' effectively?  

      My best idea is for neighbors to "adopt" the school's garden and help work it over the summer in exchange for the produce.  Presumably, that would include school kids (and siblings) in the neighborhood as well.

      Other thoughts, please!?

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      by bartcopfan on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:42:24 AM PDT

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      •  Plant in the spring (2+ / 0-)
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        ....have good drainage and a rain-barrel trickle irrigation "water wise" garden, and line up volunteers from PTA or PTO to check on the garden once a week during the summer.   Or have summer school projects.

        That was the way the local one was done.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13:46 AM PDT

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