School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms During COVID Times

October 29, 2020

Schools have gardens for different reasons: to bolster academic achievement through hands on experiential education; to increase nutrition by exposing kids to healthy food choices; or to meet the social emotional  needs of individual students. Whatever a school’s reason to have a garden, this year that garden has the potential to serve not just as […]

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Celebrate Farm to School on October 26 with Local Carrots

October 15, 2020

Farm to School Chicken Noodle Soup Available on October 26, 2020 Collaboration between local native farm and Bend-La Pine School District Celebrate National Farm to School Month! Farm to School Month is a 31 day celebration of the farm to school efforts that are being made nationwide.  Designated in Congress in 2010, this makes 2020 […]

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Our Growing Garden Team

August 31, 2020

After two years as a FoodCorps Service Member, we’re excited to announce that Tracy Ryan has joined our staff as a Garden & Nutrition Educator! Thanks in part to the Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Grant, we’re expanding our garden team for the upcoming school year. Tracy served at Three Rivers School in […]

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Happy Hour in the Garden Slowly Reopens

June 16, 2020

We slowly kicked off our Happy Hour in the Garden series these past few weeks, with very little turnout. Which was fine by me, because frankly I wanted to gently dip my feet into the new waters that is ‘putting on an event in the new COVID era’. I put it out to our volunteers […]

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Reflecting on our Spring Garden Pivot

June 12, 2020

When schools initially shut down due to COVID-19, I thought we were just getting a longer spring break. I even created a list of “things to do over our long spring break”, which included kitchen dance parties, making play-doh from scratch, virtual museum tours, and nature days. We scratched off some of those things in […]

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In Redmond: Weekly take-home garden & nutrition kits

April 30, 2020

Earlier this month, I was supposed to start working in John Tuck Elementary School to support their school garden and related programming through a Farm to School Grant from Oregon Department of Education. When schools closed, we quickly pivoted and began collaborating with various partners to develop a plan to provide Grab & Go Garden […]

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Garden and Nutrition Activities To Do at Home: Living Necklace

April 7, 2020

Victory Gardens are making a comeback, locally and all over country. OSU Extensions’s Online Vegetable Gardening Course (currently offerred for free) has over 17,000  people signed up. Seed catalog companies are posting notices that they’ve been overwhelmed with orders and to be patient on getting yours. When everything feels out of control, as it does […]

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Spring Learning Garden Internship (CLOSED)

March 10, 2020

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, our garden program looks a little different now, and we will not be hiring a spring garden intern. Thank you for your understanding.  Our Youth Education team is looking for a spring intern with an interest in garden education. Please spread the word! The intern will support our staff in delivering […]

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Congrats to 2019/2020 School Garden Grant Recipients

January 16, 2020

The Environmental Center is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019/2020 School Garden Grants. Over $10,000 is being awarded to nine recipients, including public and private schools, an educational farm, and community-based youth organizations in Bend, Redmond and Prineville. Since 2017, The Environmental Center has raised and distributed $28,000 to help build 10 new […]

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Summer in our Learning Garden

September 9, 2019

Thank You Volunteers! Last week we wrapped up another great summer season of volunteering in our Kansas Avenue Learning Garden! Our Happy Hour in the Garden open weekly volunteer series is how we are able to get a lot of things done in the garden during the growing season, and collectively those volunteers contributed almost […]

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