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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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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