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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Leafy Greens in the Garden

May 27, 2021

One of the best parts of growing food in your garden is being able to step outside for a quick snack. Whether it’s picking some berries off the bush, grabbing a pea off the vine, or picking some fresh lettuce leaves for a salad. In our Learning Garden here at The Environmental Center, we have […]

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Springing into the Garden

May 14, 2021

Summer is almost here, and that means busy things for our Garden for Every School team. While our work with schools is quickly wrapping up, our on site learning garden is just taking off. Here are some highlights from this past interesting school year and a sneak peek ahead. What We’ve Been Up To Farm […]

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Record Garden Grants Awarded as Outdoor Classrooms Become Essential During Covid-19

February 1, 2021

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2020/2021 school year garden grant awards. Due to an unprecedented number of grant applications and funding amount needs, we secured an additional $5,000 from partners to be able to distribute almost $15,000 to support 13 outdoor classroom and school garden projects in Central Oregon. Local educators […]

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Turning Kids into Scientists – Introducing Lunch Bites!

January 25, 2021

Children’s curious and intuitive minds lead to an abundance of learning opportunities. To help foster their learning habits, it has been our goal to involve and educate them as much as possible. Welcome to our first post about lunch bites! Lunch bites are a great way to engage children in quick and easy activities about […]

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