2014
08/26

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Training for School Garden Volunteers – Register Now!

“Ultimately, it is volunteers who make it possible for kids to experience the garden in a meaningful way.”  
 

Whether you are currently volunteering in a school garden or are just starting to think about getting your hands dirty… this free training event is for you!   Learn simple, effective techniques and strategies for helping kids (and plants!) to thrive.

 We hope you can attend one of these two (identical) 3-hour sessions:
- Friday September​ 12​9:00-noon
- Saturday September​ 13​, 9:00-noon
Location:  Northlake Elementary
“Garden Lab” Room 26 (​3rd​ portable)
2210 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632
 
We will work in the classroom as well as out in the garden – there will be plenty of hands-on learning!  Topics include:
  • Why school gardens?
  • Garden activities and lessons
  • Composting with kids
  • Cooking with kids
  • Garden safety
  • Group management strategies
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • School Garden Resources
  • The Garden Coordinator
  • And more!
Enjoy learning and connecting with great people who have a shared passion for kids, gardens and good food.  Snacks provided.  And yes, Steve the Rabbit will be there.  
 
This training is free!  All are welcome, even those outside Cowlitz County.
Register by email: ian@lcschoolgardens.org; or by phone: 360-431-6725.  Please specify if one or both dates work for you.
#IMG_9247See you there!

               Ian

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2014
08/17

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Thank you for matching The Health Care Foundation grant

DSC_0640Thank you for making this happen – your donations totaling $10,000 have poured in over the last few months.  We will now send that to The Health Care Foundation who will in turn write a check for $20,000 to support local school gardens.
As you may know, everything we do is made possible by private donations (40%) and grants (60%).  All the weekly garden and cooking programs that we design and run (serving 2900 students last year); all the sheds, fences, raised beds, irrigation lines, and trellises that we install; all the tools, microscopes, fruit trees, seeds, plants, fertilizers, soil, etc that we buy; all the harvest festivals, Earth Day, STEM events, volunteer trainings – all this is made possible by the generosity of people like you.
$RBD9MW7 The success of this matching grant puts us closer to what we need to bring in this year to continue to provide and expand these services (still seeking $21,000 more in general donations and $20,000 from our Fall Harvest Event).
You’ve heard this before, but can I say it again?  5 years ago there was one school garden in these parts; today there are thirteen.
$RVFQV7QThis was not a federal, state, or district initiative; rather, this was our community saying “This needs to happen.  This kind of hands-on learning centered around nature and real food is not just kinda neat, it is essential.  And every child deserves to have the opportunities and experiences that a school garden provides.”
GARDEN SUMMER 2010 080Lower Columbia School Gardens formed in 2010 to answer that call, and we have been going full tilt ever since. Thank you for partnering with us every step of the way.

Gratefully

Ian
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2014
05/01

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Butler Acres Elementary School Garden is now online

Our newest garden is a place to be if you like to grow and learn! Many families brought their best worker bees to participate in the recent work party. We are transforming the hillside into an outdoor classroom suited for science, math and nutrition lessons and for promoting good stewardship of our planet Earth. Our accomplishments so far: building retaining walls to create flat spots and “rooms” within the larger footprint, stripping sod and spreading soil, installing drains, shoveling gravel and, most importantly…planting! Already in: herbs, peas, onions, lettuce, squash, blueberries, grapes, nasturtiums, and more to come.

For a task list and the garden calendar see the garden website. Contact Cathleen McNelly if you like to help or have any questions.

2014
04/30

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Kellogg Gardens donates compost and soil

kellog1Steve the Rabbit’s crew just picked up the first part of a HUGE DONATION from Kellogg Gardens in Longview: two and a half pallets of really good organic compost and planting soil (that’s $1,300 worth)!
kellog2Another great example of a local business helping to make a healthier community.
Thank you Kellogg Gardens – we will need to fill about 30 new raised beds in the next few months, so this is the perfect gift for school gardens.  kellog3 kellog4

2014
03/19

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Ian Thompson to give public talk on April 17th

If you would like to learn more about Lower Columbia School Gardens come to the talk Ian Thompson is going to give to the Willapa Hills Audubon.

For the details check out the info on the WHAS website.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

2014
02/10

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Beacon Hill Elementary School Garden is now online

In Fall 2012, first grade wanted to provide a hands-on experience that extended their science FOSS kits on plants beyond the classroom. Beacon Hill Elementary received support from the first grade teachers, first grade families, PTO, volunteers, and principal to construct four raised garden beds on the barren asphalt between two portables.

In November 2013, Ms. Clontz’s 29 first graders taught over 500 students at Beacon Hill the importance of composting and every grade is now composting after lunch!

For a task list and the garden calendar see the garden website. Contact Aspen Clontz if you like to help or have any questions.

2013
12/18

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“What are you people doing with my money anyway?”

As of October 2013,

  • LCSG has helped create and sustain twelve school gardens (totaling over 100,000 square feet) in Cowlitz County, as well as smaller projects at 4 other schools.
  • 2920 students engaged in past 12 months
  • 280 volunteers engaged in past 12 months.
  • 9,540 volunteer hours in past 12 months.

October 2013 Harvest Festivals:

  • 5 schools
  • 1530 students
  • 1,600 pounds of apples pressed for cider
  • 1,100 ears of Willow Grove corn shucked and roasted
  • 300 pounds roasted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, beets)

LCSG also facilitated gardening & cooking activities for kids in six Youth & Family Link programs and 9 Longview Parks and Recreation camps in 2013.

  • Staff:  one full time program director; one full time Cowlitz AmeriCorps member.
  • 2012 budget: $85,000.  All revenue comes from private donations from community members and local businesses as well as grants from foundations and corporations – no school district or government funding.
  • In-kind donations for school gardens – seeds, tools, equipment, building materials, excavation and construction services, administrative & technology support – total over $150,000 since 2010.

 Thank you – it’s working!

2013
12/17

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“Feeding Washington Tour” features School Gardens

A revealing video featuring some terrific agencies (school gardens start at minute 6). This was part of a “Feeding Washington Tour” by 19th District Representatives Brian Blake and Dean Takko on August 15th.

As always, the real credit goes to the hundreds upon hundreds of students, families, teachers, businesses, service organizations and charity groups that have created all this with their hard work and generous donations.

2013
07/02

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4th of July Parade Info – 2013

LCSG Float 2011 035School garden kids and adults are invited to walk and ride in the parade. We will have 2 decorated trailers this year, and we are still looking for two drivers with trucks to pull them!
  • Initial decorating: 2:00 to 4:00 and again at 6:00 – 8:00 pm Wed July 3rd, behind Northlake Garden
  • Decorating with live flowers 7:00 am July 4th in front of Ian’s house.
  • We will take our place in the queue at 9:45 – we are #56.  Kids can show up at 10:15.  Find us on 14th Ave between Maple and Broadway – about 4 floats back from Broadway.
  • Kids will hand out lavender and seeds packets as well as candy.

Contact Ian for more details

2013
03/14

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Longview
Schools

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Cascade Middle School Garden is now online

cascadeUsed primarily by Life Skills students, Youth & Family Link’s after school program, and Sarah Wirtz’s science class, the Cascade Middle School Garden will soon be looking to expand.

Also in the works: Increased partnership and mentoring with neighboring Columbia Heights Elementary, which has a larger, more established garden.

Contact Sarah Wirtz if you like to help or have any questions.