Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit, Reflections

Last week the Schoolyard Gardens Team participated in a two day conference, “The Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit,” hosted by Health Resources & Services Administration, Children’s Mercy Weighing In, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health Region 7. Health care professionals, policy makers, city planners and community partners gathered together to discuss how we […]


4 Steps to Summer Garden Success

The temperature is rising! For a guaranteed successful summer harvest, it’s a good idea to prepare your gardens for the hot summer months ahead! Water, Water, Water Maintaining a consistent watering schedule will ensure that your tomatoes grow gradually rather than in spurts, preventing stretch marks or misshaped tomatoes. Stake your tomatoes Before your tomatoes […]


Spotlight: Rosehill ELC

Tuesday I had the pleasure of planting with Mrs. Fullington and Mrs. Knecht’s Preschool class at Rosehill ELC in Lenexa KS.   New to the Schoolyard Garden program, they were so excited to finally get to plant in their newly constructed raised beds. Before planting, we practiced planting our seeds by using wooden beads.  We discussed […]

Spotlight: Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired

This past summer the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired joined the Schoolyard Garden program.  CCVI supports children who are newborn to Pre-K that may have visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. Teachers at CCVI help the students develop important life skills so they are better prepared in the sighted world.  CCVI received a […]

Richardson Family Garden

This fall, Richardson Early Childhood Center of KCMO offered five 4 x 12 raised garden beds to families.  With a Schoolyard Garden Assistant, these families will learn how to plant, properly water, weed and mulch.  This will also bring opportunity to families to meet one another, creating more of a community feeling at Richardson. The […]