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2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010

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Power Point Presentation by Jim Embry at the June 20th School Garden Workshop

Participant Comments:

Hi Jim.  I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the school gardens training yesterday.  It was great information, great fellowship and great food!  Thank you for all your hard work.  Patti Meads

Patti Meads

County Agent for Horticulture

Woodford County Cooperative Extension

184 Beasley Road

Versailles, KY 40383

Also in 2009 we organized the Kentucky School Gardens Network and the Bluegrass School and Community Garden Network to support, advocate for and facilitate school gardens efforts in  Kentucky

ening with Class: Creating and Sustaining your School Garden

wordsSaturday  March 26 9am-4pm  
Monday June 20  9am-4pm     

Cost: $40.00

Crestwood Christian Church  
181 Bellefonte Dr. Lexington, KY

 email sustainlex@gmail.com or call (859)270-3699

Grow Kentucky! A Garden At Every School in Kentucky"

school gardenGardening with Class workshop is designed with K-12 teachers in mind and will show how instructional  gardens support:

  • Kentucky Core Content Standard
  • Environmental Education
  • Cultural awareness and social interaction
  • Language arts, science, history, math, music
  • Service Learning
  • Culinary Arts
  • Community Partnerships
  • …and more
 During this workshop we will highlight the unique contributions of a variety of school garden programs to provide a landscape of ideas you can adapt to your school setting. Each school garden story will provide a glimpse into the ways garden programs can be structured and the myriad rich opportunities they offer.

Rationale:  Good Food For all Kids: A Garden at Every School in Kentucky!

The diet of Kentucky's youth needs to improve. Hunger, bad nutrition and obesity among children are leading causes of health risks and often contribute to poor classroom performance. By planting a garden at every school in Kentucky, we will ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from eating more fresh healthy foods. A well-planned edible schoolyard can supply a significant portion of a school's daily food needs. By cultivating a garden together, children learn vital skills in team work, problem solving, creative planning, and sustainable living. Garden-based classes are a great way to complement classroom education in many subjects including biology, botany, ecology, mathematics, nutrition, art, and writing. Most important, gardening is fun for kids! School gardens can dramatically enliven the learning process by giving students the ability to connect in a very experiential and hands-on way with the incredible living world unfolding all around them. For all of these reasons and many more, let's support the vision for a garden growing at every school in Kentucky!

Best Practices in School Gardens

School teachers, staff, students, volunteers and administrators across Kentucky are interested in establishing and sustaining instructional gardens. In April and June of  2009 two Gardening with Class: School Garden Workshops were held in Lexington that attracted 200+  teachers, parents and staff excited about establishing a school garden on their campus. Out of this workshop 40+ gardens were developed. In March 2010 a school garden workshop was held in conjunction with the Bluegreass Food Security Summit that attracted 30 particpants. 

Power Point Presentation by Jim Embry at the March 26th School Garden Workshop

Also in 2009 we organized the Kentucky School Gardens Network and the Bluegrass School and Community Garden Network to support, advocate for and facilitate school gardens efforts in  Kentucky.



Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

ACE Weekly download articles

Gardens of Eatin

Shovel Ready

Lexington Gardens Grow

Dig It: Gardens Root

HOBY Eco-Art 2009
HOBY Eco-Art 2008

Model of the Year
Closing the Food Gap

Greening of Bryan Station High School

Growing Food & Justice conference

Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit_


Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of food policy councils

 Climate Change  portal information

Climate Change Books

African Americans Climate Change:Unequal Burden_REPORT

African Americans Climate Change Ex Summary

African Americans Climate Change Bullard Bibliography

Slow Food Newsletter