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Question Post by Kelly Auville Garden Coordinator

Seeking information, good or bad, regarding using recycled tires as garden planters in the school garden. Are there any schools within California using recycled tires as planters? Any specific research found regarding tires in the garden? All of my research leads me to tire mulch in the playground. Respectfully, Kelly Auville Garden Coordinator, Camino Elementary School
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Photo Post by Sarah2325 Woodruff

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This is a photo of a UCSC intern helping out in the garden during the after school program! We currently have 8 interns from UC Santa Cruz helping out in our student discovery garden! Four of the interns brought over food and supplies for the lesson about compost. We made graham cracker sandwiches! The graham cracker represented woody material, peanut butter to represent carbon and manure, chocolate to represent food scraps and watse, and rasins to represent other miselanious things in the compost like exsisting dirt and nitrogen. This lesson is always a class favorite! -Calabasas Elementary School, Watsonville CA.
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Photo Post by Brinet Greenlee

Look at our beautiful school garden!
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Photo Post by June Gregorio

Here at the Phoenix Academy, we are hoping to develop a raised bed edible garden to enrich student learning in math, science, technology, language arts, history, critical thinking, and problem solving.  We also hope to create an outdoor cooperative learning environment where students can make connections with nature.
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Photo Post by Shelley Flint

GARDEN WORKSHOP SERIES AT SAN DOMENICO SCHOOL Want to learn more about growing your own food? Canning and preserving? Or rainwater harvesting?  You and Your Children Are Invited to Join Us for the San Domenico Garden Workshop Series REGISTER ONLINE www.sandomenico.org/gardenseries GROW YOUR OWN FOOD with Benjamin R. Eichorn, internationally renowned expert on edible gardening and author of Edible Gardening: Ten Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food.  Date: September 20, 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Cost: $35/Adult CANNING AND PRESERVING THE HARVEST with Rachel Kaplan, author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, and The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden. Date: September 27, 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Cost: $35/Adult WATER CONSERVATION and RAINWATER HARVESTING with Sarah Phillips, Urban Streams Coordinator for Marin Resource Conservation District, and Dan Carney, Water Conservation Manager with Marin Municipal Water District. Date: October 24, 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Cost: Free
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Photo Post by Shelley Andros

Adding that STEAM component, we now our weighing our produce yield and recording the data so we can determine total yield for the season. Students estimate their yield first then weigh it to confirm actual yield.  Interested in how your school records yield and/or plant productivity. Photo is of some of our students participating in our summer session cooking class, another must for a school garden.
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Question Post by Kathryn Pfaff

I'm wondering how everyone is changing your planting and summer dormancy plans to cope with the drought.  We just installed irrigation, which would allow us to cover crop or raise a few key plants over the summer, but I'm also concerned about not using too much water. On the other hand, we need to keep some water going in the beds to prevent the crusting and dust bowl conditions we have faced for years when we come back in the fall. I am really undecided how to manage this garden this summer. Thoughts?
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Deal Post by Jake Rude

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Photo Post by Shelley Andros

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It was a magical day in the garden today! Had to share pics!
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Photo Post by Shelley Andros

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Spring has sprung!
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