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Covering Garden Beds and Jotting Garden Memories

There’s something bittersweet about covering Schoolyard Garden beds at the end of the fall into winter season. The Schoolyard Gardens team uses landscape fabric or burlap to cover garden beds after they’ve been cleared of garden debris to ensure that they’ll be ready for planting come springtime. The fabric suppresses any pesky weeds that inevitably […]

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Schoolyard Garden Spotlight: Southwood Elementary Garden Club

Did you know that sweet potatoes are the most sensitive vegetable to freezing temperatures?  If left outside in the cold the tubers become mealy and inedible. On the day Southwood Elementary planned to harvest their sweet potatoes, they were very aware that they only had a small window of time before that evenings freezing temperature […]

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Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps: Adventures in St. Louis

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my fourth month of service with the KCCG Schoolyard Gardens team. These past few months have been fulfilling and fun, and I feel incredibly fortunate to serve alongside fellow KCCG AmeriCorps members: Abby Ewert (Beanstalk Children’s Garden), Colleen Freeman (Family Gardens), Priest Hughes (Community Partner Gardens), and Sarah […]

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Awakening Senses to the Joy of a Garden

This story was contributed by Martha Walker, retired newspaper and United Press International wire service reporter who also worked 22 years in corporate communications and market research. In a word – “awesome” describes the experiences their Sensory Garden affords preschoolers at Kansas City’s Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Here they experience the joy of […]

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Schoolyard Gardens Spotlight: Troost Elementary LINC

I arrived to Troost Elementary LINC to plant fall veggies on an especially humid August afternoon, and was greeted by students who were ready to garden…In their pajamas (for school spirit week, of course!). My initial weeks of AmeriCorps service were filled with many firsts but until arriving at Troost Elementary, I would have never […]

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5 Senses in the Garden

Since joining the Schoolyard Gardens team as an AmeriCorps service member, I’ve had the opportunity to garden with so many curious and hard-working students. We’ve shared in abundant summer harvests, planted fall crops, carefully thinned and weeded garden beds, watered plants with care, and carried armloads of mulch to spread around our plants. Tending our […]

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What’s Eating My Plants?

Have you noticed holes in the leaves of your broccoli, cabbage, kale, and/or collard plants? Are you wondering what could be eating your veggies? The culprits are likely caterpillars! These caterpillars, also known as loopers, are big fans of vegetables in the brassica family (that includes your broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower) […]

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Empowering More than a Decade of Self-sustaining, Organic Gardening

This story was contributed by Martha Walker, retired newspaper and United Press International wire service reporter who also worked 22 years in corporate communications and market research. Forty-two years ago, a young Korean girl arrived in Kansas City, Kansas and began putting down roots that bound her to the community for decades. The St. Joseph’s […]

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Schoolyard Gardens Welcomes Lauren!

Hi garden friends, my name is Lauren and I’m excited to begin my new role as a Missouri Healthy Foods AmeriCorps member serving with the Schoolyard Gardens team. After spending the spring into summer months working as a Garden Assistant in the Beanstalk Children’s Garden, I feel fortunate to transition into my AmeriCorps position, and […]