As a gardener, you may know that amending soil with compost yields a healthier– more productive harvest. Here at Kansas City Community Gardens, we believe (as funny as this sounds) that “our volunteers are like compost to a garden”. With the help of our volunteers, KCCG’s mission is strengthened and continues to grow, reaching out […]
School Spotlight: Olathe East High School
The Olathe East High School Interpersonal Skills (IPS) class sees gardening as an integral part of their curriculum. The IPS program combines students with disabilities with peer mentors to learn social and other real-life skills. Hands-on gardening can provide lessons in science, math, cooking, communication and more. The school partnered with the Kansas City Community […]
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 […]
Don’t Forget To Plant Your Garlic!
The weather has started to turn cold, you’re having cozy thoughts of being indoors with a hot cup of tea/coffee/cider, and your schoolyard garden is hopefully cleared out and ready to rest for winter. But wait! There is one more delicious and nutritious vegetable to plant in your schoolyard garden – Garlic! Follow these easy […]
Harvest Party Time!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Harvest Party Time! While planting the seeds and transplants and watching them grow is half the fun (and a worthy educational endeavor), the other half of the fun is eating all of the fresh veggies! Throughout the growing season, we recommend that schools and students taste the […]
Welcome Claire, Our New Preschool Gardens Coordinator!
Hello all! My name is Claire and I’m the new Preschool Gardens Coordinator. While new to the SYG team, I got my start with KCCG as a Beanstalk Garden Assistant almost 3 years ago. I’m excited to be back in a full-time role and I can’t wait to meet all our wonderful schools! My […]
Check Out Our New YouTube Channel!
Schoolyard Gardens just launched our very own YouTube channel! So far we’ve only posted one video but we think it’s a special one. Follow along as the fourth graders at Wendell Phillips Elementary harvest and enjoy the vegetables from their fall garden on a sunny, cold November morning a few weeks ago! Click HERE […]
7 Things We’re Reading Right Now
Check out these links to things we’re excited about! 1. How to Winterize Your Vegetable Garden After the first frost snuck up on us last weekend, it’s been a mad dash to harvest and prepare our school gardens for winter! This is a helpful article for anyone needing a reminder on how best to […]