Hey Arizona schools! McDonald's is offering to donate coffee grounds to your school garden. Find out more and sign up -- http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2016/01/21/coffee-grounds-ground-help-their-scottsdale-garden-grow/79071394/
StarShine Academy, a K-12 Charter School located in the Discovery Triangle in downtown Phoenix, AZ began in 2002, around a community garden called The Mustard Seed Garden. Our garden needs immediate Spring Cleaning, Planting and Garden Raising (like Barn Raising.) On April 7, this Tuesday at 5:00PM we will host a public volunteer meeting at the school at 3535 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008 to decide teams to volunteer on Wednesday, April 8 beginning at 8A.M. to 10A.M. with another final clean-up crew to work between 4P.M. and 6P.M. Please come to meet us on Tues at 5:00 and help us for a few hours on Wed. We have a ball and will work with the students, teachers and parents on Wed. Thank you. Trish McCarty, Founder and President www.starshineacademy.org
I have worked closely with schools and non-profit groups in the Los Angeles area with our Tower Garden. The Tower Garden is a great way for communities to grow produce quickly without soil, and with limited water supply. For this month only, shipping will be FREE if ordered through the link below.
These Towers can be used for a lifetime and be grown over and over again.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com with questions.
For those who are interested in Native Seeds, I recommend the Native Seed Search. Their website is http://www.nativeseeds.org/. For heritage wheat seeds, you can buy them from Hayden Flour Mill. Both provide heritage, native seeds indicative of ancient Arizona.
I posted earlier about our pathway created using broken white granite donated by Arizona Tile Co. Here is a picture of the path. We layed it on 1/4 minus gravel that was levelish at best and it came out great. The kids loved hauling the gravel and sweeping the path.
We've been working on our school's garden project for about 2 years and I am amazed at the free and repurposed materials that I've come across. We just finished a pathway made from broken countertop material. Arizona Tile Company donated 2 pallets of broken white granite. We turned it upside down on a base of 1/4 minus gravel, took a sledge hammer to it, spread the pieces and ta duh, stepping stones! The students love sweeping gravel into the cracks and how pretty it looks after it rains. I'll be talking to more companies and contractors about "scrap" donations, so that we can add more pathways. Now that's a deal!
The next deadline for the Native Seeds/SEARCH Community Seed Grant Program is January 2, 2015. This program supports schools, community gardens, seed libraries, and a diversity of other initiatives working to enhance the nutritional, social, economic, or environmental health of our region through gardening projects. Visit nativeseeds.org to learn more.
We are currently growing seeds from the last seed grant round at Peter Howell Elementary in Tucson. The application is quick and easy. Seeds are mailed within a week of the grant closing date.
Home Depot is having a one day sale on raised garden bed kits today! 40% off a couple different kits here: http://www.homedepot.com/SpecialBuy/SpecialBuyOfTheDay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&cm_sp=thd_marketing-_-affiliate-_-featured-_-img_1e-_-alp&