Stories from the Garden: Fall 2022

December 19, 2022

Although the garden is currently under a blanket of snow, Denise and Adrienne (along with volunteers, parents, teachers, and students) had plenty of great garden shenanigans this fall! Read on to learn about and share our gratitude for the small moments that make our garden programs so special: Three Sisters Garden Bed The winter squash […]

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5 Things to do This Thanksgiving to Honor Indigenous Heritage

November 21, 2022

It’s the week of Thanksgiving… …which has many of us wondering how, and if, we should still be participating in the holiday as it was presented to many of us (generally white Americans) as children. Collectively, we are becoming more knowledgeable now about the historical accuracy of the birth of Thanksgiving, as described by writer […]

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2022 Garden Grant Projects

February 24, 2022

The Environmental Center is thrilled to award over $23,000 to 20 schools and organizations to fund a variety of school garden projects across Central Oregon. Projects range from starting new outdoor school gardens and improving existing garden infrastructure, to unique projects like building a first foods demonstration bed, setting up indoor hydroponics systems and planting […]

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Redmond School Gardens Update

February 10, 2022

Thanks to last summer’s successful fundraising campaign, we’ve been working hard to support school garden efforts in Redmond and we have exciting updates to share! Eagle Scout Garden Revitalization Project at John Tuck Elementary School A week before school closures in March 2020, we were meeting with administrators and staff at John Tuck School in […]

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Garden for Every School Program Announces Local Garden Grants Available

November 12, 2021

The Environmental Center’s Garden for Every School Program announces their annual garden grants are available. The goal of the small grant program is to provide local funding for public and private Pre K – 12 schools in Central Oregon to build or support a school garden. Gardens can be indoors, or an outdoor classroom, depending […]

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Soil Health for School Gardens Workshop Recap and Resources

November 8, 2021

Soil Health for School Garden Workshop Recap Last month we held an in-person Garden Educator Network event in Redmond, our first in person network event in 2 years. This workshop was a collaboration, and funded in part through a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. Many school gardens were untended during the 2020 […]

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Garden Project at East Bend Boys and Girls Club

November 1, 2021

While the Garden for Every School team has been partnering with the Downtown Boys & Girls Club for the last decade, this summer was the first time we worked with staff and students at their small East Bend Club to help install a small learning garden on site. As this space has in ground irrigation, […]

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A Week of Ideas to Engage with National Farm to School Month!

October 5, 2021

October is National Farm to School Month, and the theme for this years’ campaign, from the National Farm to School Network, is Our Food, Our Future. Our Food, Our Future: Youth Leadership for a Racially Just Food System Youth and young people are the leaders and change makers of tomorrow and today. As National Farm […]

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Farewell to Tracy, our Food Hero!

September 15, 2021

We recently said goodbye to our wonderful Garden & Nutrition Educator, Tracy Ryan, as she transitioned into a position supporting students at Jewell Elementary School. While we are sad to see her go, those that know Tracy know that she loves to laugh and her enthusiasm for life can be infectious. So we know she’ll […]

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Garden Grant Funded Outdoor and Garden Classrooms

July 6, 2021

When most Central Oregon schools were closed back in November due to COVID-19, we didn’t know if any teacher was going to apply for our annual garden grants. But when the deadline came and went, we were thrilled to see more applications than ever before. We worked with local partners to fully fund a majority […]

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