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Sustainable Harvesting: Food Preservation 101

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You may be wondering what to do with your garden’s abundant harvest. You’re giving away lots of squash, your colanders are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, and your family is tired of eating Eggplant Parmesan. But there’s another simple and sustainable option ꟷ food preservation. It reduces food waste from large harvests, cuts back on carbon emissions from cross-country shipping and grocery shopping, and allows you to enjoy your veggies well into the winter. Check out these methods: Freeze It’s best...


Gardening 101 - Tips and Tricks for New Gardeners

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Want to grow your own produce and herbs but need some advice? Rylan Snodgrass, Food Services Director at River Oaks Baptist School in Houston, started her first on-campus garden last spring, and has a few words of wisdom: Start with plants versus seeds. While seeds can yield some incredibly interesting plants, they take a very long time to sprout and a lot of care and attention. You can put plants in the ground right away and get some satisfaction quickly...


Growing Your Own Produce

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The days are getting longer, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring gardens. More than 200 of the communities we serve have a type of garden — from simple herb boxes to full-fledged farms. And to put it simply, we love it when our communities grow their own. Campus gardens provide endless opportunities for learning, and they have a positive impact on the food and vegetable consumption of the students we serve. We live in a busy...


Starting a Garden

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Spring means it's time to start planting your garden. If you’re eager to start but new to the gardening game, check out these basic tips and helpful hints. You're just a few steps away from enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables grown right at your own home! Beginning Considerations Know your limits—consider your local climate, the length of your growing season, and your family’s availability. Do your research on when you can expect a plant to yield fruit, and how much...


Growing SAGE: The Educational Gardens at Savannah Country Day

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Ever since Lower School Science Teacher William Eswine first planted its vegetable and fruit gardens in 1975, SAGE partner Savannah Country Day School has been at the vanguard of using food as an educational tool. In addition to growing an abundance of traditional veggies and herbs, the gardens, which Eswine has continued to maintain, include exotic plants like citrus fruits and kumquats. Some of the produce even goes into SAGE meals! The garden is central to the Lower School student...


GROWING SAGE: Vast Gardens and Opportunities at St. Andrew’s, DE

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At SAGE, we make a point of featuring locally-grown food in our dining halls, so we’re thrilled that 60% of our schools have on-campus gardens producing crops that can be incorporated into school meals—the ultimate in local sourcing. The gardens at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware are an impressive sight. Our SAGE staff are always looking for new recipes that incorporate their fresh produce! The St. Andrew’s garden started as a 5,000 ft2 field plot in 2006. Ten...


Growing SAGE: Hands-On Education at Meadowridge Gardens

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The gardens at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia have been under construction for the past year—but lucky for our SAGE Team, they're coming back in full bloom! The four-year-old organic garden, run by Meadowridge's outdoor experiential education coordinator, James Willms, is composed of a 10’x 20’ greenhouse and 12 raised garden beds with automated irrigation. Because students are the primary gardeners, the edible gardens are timed for harvest during the school year. Students grow beans, cucumbers, garlic, kale, lettuces, onions, peas, pumpkins, radishes, squashes, sunflowers, tomatoes...


Growing SAGE: The Great Gardens at Greater Atlanta Christian School

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The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) in Norcross, GA, is remarkable for the breadth and variety of its holdings. The 10,000-square-foot landscape center has a 2,300-square-foot greenhouse, a 3,000-gallon hand-pumped rain barrel, edible gardens, planting beds, a green-roof shed, a vermicomposting station, a bee hive, a chicken coop, a turtle pond, and a fish hatchery. Self-described “resident plant guy” James Lee asserts that one goal of the ELC is to facilitate “the...


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