YAY school gardens!

nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)October 5, 2012

This is our first year having a school garden. It was small to start, just 1 zuk, 1 early tomato, a couple of bush beans, some donated corn plants, donated carrot and cilantro seeds.Oh Oh also a couple of crane melons!

Our zuk stopped producing flowers, so we just let the last 2 zuks grow and grow. We just got 1st place for the largest zuk at the Sonoma Co Harvest Fair! WooHoo! $10 towards our fall garden or some new soil for next spring!

We will also be packaging and selling (at our office) carrot, cilantro, and sunflower seed to further fund our garden!

These are older spec ed students and many have never seen anything grow from a plant to eating!

Big expansions for next year! Nancy

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nc_crn

Woo! Thanks for putting the work in.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:12PM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

How cool! It's great that the students get to see firsthand how their food grows.

How big was your zucchini?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:19PM
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stuffradio

It's always fun to see Vegetables grow.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 10:33PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

The winning zuk was 12.5 lbs!
The lady checking it in said "That's a beauty!!!!"
We will be looking for grants for the future!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 11:24PM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

Many seed companies will donate seeds to schools. Baker Creek is one that helped us out with our school garden. Email me if you want ideas for places to contact.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 2:15AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

naturegirl, I'm planning on going in to Baker Creek next week. They opened a new store a few years ago in Petaluma just a few miles down the road! I also get starts from a small nursery in the area. Thanks! Nancy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:57AM
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mauirose(11)

Way to grow Nancy Jane! And good fundraising ideas, too.

Whole Foods Market also supports school gardens. You might want to give them a call if you need a little extra help ; )

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 5:30PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Mauirose- how does Whole foods help? Grants, seeds???????? Would like to know. Thanks! Nancy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:43PM
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mauirose(11)

You know i'm not really sure.

The last time they were fundraising for school gardens i asked if the money would be used on Maui or if it was a national project. Cashier said it was a national project but that all schools needed to do was apply for the grant to get some monies.

Hey i just googled it, check out the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: WFM school garden grants

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 8:09AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

mauirose, Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, my spec ed students are post-secondary (18-22 YO)
The grants are only for K-12th graders. Nancy

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:06AM
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cheapheap(7a)

Congratulations! It is great to have early success to build on.

If the students got interested in growing a large zucchini you might look into growing a giant pumpkin!

Perhaps there is a local business or individual donor who is looking for a project to support. Yours sounds like a great one!

Best of luck!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 1:52AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

My DH is a professional pumpkin carver, so we can get all the pumpkin seeds needed from one of the farms he carves at. We had a few 300+ pounders a couple of years ago.
I'm not sure what the school would make of me bringing in a truckload of horse manure, though! LOL.
I went by the little farm that I used to get my starts for very cheap or free and they are closed down with a for sale sign! Just a sign out front saying thanks for a great 5 years! Bummer!
I'll have to find a new source for starts for this fall! It's almost too late to start much from seed! I'll get a few things going. Nancy

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:57PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

WooHoo! Had my evaluation today with the new principal.He was VERY impressed with my garden projects and healthy eating projects! Looks like there may be some $ coming our way for more gardening! (He's totally jealous that we were able to grow melons and he can't!LOL) Nancy

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 9:02PM
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