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A Toast to DIGS

Please join us on June 19th as we host our annual MFEE toast to the DIGS community.

This year our special honoree is Ann Mernin, of Toni’s Kitchen.

As part of our commitment to fresh vegetables and community outreach we are asking each school garden to “Grow a Row” to donate to Toni’s kitchen this season.

To sign up for the toast please visit and register online. We hope you can make it!


Garden Webinar this Wednesday

Join us for the next Growing School Gardens webinar!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 4pm / Eastern Time
Summertime in the School Garden: Exploring Opportunities to Support and Share Your School Garden

Presenters: Danielle Fleury, Farm to School Lead in the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Northeast Regional Office; with Emily Jackson, Founder and current Director of the Growing Minds Farm to School program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
In This Session
Summertime presents both unique challenges and important opportunities when it comes to school gardens.  Who takes care of the garden when school is out?  How can the school garden be connected to summer learning and healthy food access opportunities?
In our community’s next webinar, Mary Stein, Associate Director of the National Farm to School Network, hosts two partners from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and the USDA-FNS for a discussion of various aspects of school gardens in summer. You will hear examples of how school gardens across the country are connecting to important summer feeding program sites and other out-of-school educational opportunities.
Then, learn about how Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, YMCAs, universities, parent coalitions and more can connect your school garden to the community during the summer break. Join us on May 28thfor ideas and steps to take to connect with community partners to make the most of your school garden during the summer months.
To Participate in the Live Session
– This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
– As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
– Login at at the scheduled time.
– Test your system for best quality:
About the Presenters
Emily Jackson founded and is the current director of the Growing Minds Farm to School program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project). In Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians, Emily and the Growing Minds team provide Farm to School support and resources to preschools and K-12 systems. ASAP is also the SE Regional Lead Agency for the National Farm to School Network.
Danielle Fleury is the Farm to School Lead in the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Northeast Regional Office located in Boston, MA. In this role, she provides training, technical assistance, and generalized support to a wide variety of farm to school stakeholders for the New England states plus New York. Previously, Danielle worked with FNS on USDA Foods, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.
This program is co-hosted by, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.
Visit our Google calendar to view all webinars this month.
Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

Spring sprouts at Bradford!

Second grade students planted peas, radishes, and lettuce in early April.  Their plants are beginning to sprout.

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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson had an annual pea growing contest with his neighbors? Read more about it……

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