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Taste for Learning

Former special ed. teacher Don White (left) heads the school’s Garden Project with teacher Steve Tanguay. Lack and Ward photo. By Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward © 2005. For information about reproducing this article, please contact the authors. “We love being in the garden and really look forward to it. This is the funnest

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Ashwood Waldorf Education: A Reverence for Food

Waldorf schools, which number over 900 worldwide and are the fastest growing independent, nondenominational educational movement in the world, seek “to see the whole in every part, to engage the head, the hands, and the heart,” according to the Web site of the Rockport, Maine, Ashwood Waldorf School (ashwoodwaldorf.org). Founded in Germany in 1919 by

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Food for Schoolchildren

Elementary schools in Union 74 in Lincoln County are integrating foods into the curriculum. Through FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Schools), children taste-test freshly harvested foods and meet the farmers who grow them. School cafeterias are beginning to order directly from farmers in a pilot program that began in the fall of 2007. Food

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Horticulture at Islesboro Central School

  At Islesboro Central School, a hoop house protects warm weather crops in the summer and is slid over the plot of greens for an extended fall harvest. The plastic net fencing keeps out deer. Story and photos by Jean English Bob Berg, a cheerful, older man, drives up to the Islesboro Central School (ICS)

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Levin Keynote

High school student Sam Levin, who started a student-run garden at his school, told Common Ground Fairgoers, “We can change the world. It’s just going to have to happen one plate of bomb tomatillo salsa at a time.” English photo. By Sam Levin A junior at Monument High School in Great Barrington, Mass., Sam Levin

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Report Documents Pesticide Poisoning at Schools School Pesticide Policy Web Page Report Documents Pesticide Poisoning at Schools Children are exposed and harmed when pesticides are used at school, according to a new report, “Unthinkable Risk,” released today by the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). The report documents nearly 100 actual incidents, and cites

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Pesticides in Schools

A panel of experts addressed the issue of pesticide use in schools at the Common Ground Fair. From left to right: Maine’s IPM Specialist Kathy Murray; Willow Wetherall, U. of M. student; Ann Fuller from Mass PIRG; Sharon Tisher, President of MOFGA and U. of M. faculty member; and Sandra Haggard, professor of women’s studies

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FoodCorps Creates Model Garden Program

Walker School fifth graders weed spinach – just one aspect of a model school garden program. Abby, one of the most eager garden helpers, with a bag of garden produce to take home. By Jean English Photos by Carolyn Wason “Fun! Friends! Games! And don’t forget planting!”   Those are a few benefits of the

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Lessons Learned

Toki Oshima illustration Half a Dozen Books With Garden Themes By Sue Smith-Heavenrich A few summers ago the local weekly was promoting a garden contest to keep kids “off the streets and doing something worthwhile.” I wasn’t interested in encouraging my children to grow giant zucchinis, but I was interested in the free seeds. They

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