Corns, Beans, and Squash!

October 10th, 2016

written by Farmer Jim When we teach young students the four things that plants need to grow (sun, soil, water, air), beyond preparing them to answer correctly on their standardized tests, we are also teaching some deeper truths, among which that water is life. If we are not careful when we teach, other truths are easily lost. In teaching the… Read More »

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Winter Strategies for the School or Home Garden

September 6th, 2016

By Paul Pagoda, “Farmer” Paul, School Garden Educator at Colfax K- 8 and the Montessori School A pretty big obstacle we face in designing school gardens is that the students are away on summer break during what some might call our peak growing season of June-August. This challenge led us to choose certain crops and gardening methods to extend our school… Read More »

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Signs of Spring & Prep for Summer

December 18th, 2015

How do you transplant a seedling? What are the needs of plants? What do worms eat? Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh students are asking all these questions in their spring garden classes – and joyfully discovering the answers for themselves. Spring Classes Our Garden Educators are enjoying the opportunity to get back outside to the school gardens with students. Other ESY classes have… Read More »

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Allderdice Horticulture Society Lends a Hand at Colfax

November 24th, 2015

By “Farmer” Paul Pagoda, Garden Educator at Colfax A few years ago Allderdice High School did not have a school garden. That all changed when a group of motivated students and a supportive adult got organized and started the Allderdice Horticulture Society (AHS). Now in its second year, the AHS has installed garden beds on the Allderdice campus and has increased its… Read More »

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Chef in the Garden 2014: Local Chefs Cook with 1,000+ Local Kids

December 23rd, 2014

Chef in the Garden is an annual fall event held at our ESY Pittsburgh Flagship schools to encourage students to celebrate and enjoy the harvest season in their school gardens.  Inviting local guest chefs to the garden space to cook with students adds another level of excitement – helping fresh food become a delicious, positive experience.  For more info on… Read More »

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Western PA School Garden Map

December 23rd, 2014

Our Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh team is putting together a digital map of all of the school gardens in our region.  We hope this tool will help connect neighboring programs, share volunteers and promote the establishment of new school gardens. If you have a school garden, take our survey so we can add you to the map! Please share this with other Western PA… Read More »

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Fall: Seeds, salads and work days!

December 7th, 2014

Fall is one of the most exciting times in a school garden!  Check out what our ESY Pittsburgh schools are up to… Seed Saving: Each fall, our Garden Educators lead students in the ancient tradition of saving seeds from spent plants in the gardens.  We appreciate this lesson because it helps to connect students (and adults!) to the entire life-cycle of plants… Read More »

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September in our School Gardens

December 4th, 2014

With the start of another school year comes the start of Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh garden programming in our 5 Flagship elementary schools.  September means garden tours and scavenger hunts, harvesting with classes using our 5 Senses, storing and pickling fall produce and – favorite of all – our annual Chef in the Garden event. During Chef in the Garden, students gather… Read More »

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