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Resources for starting a garden at school
Want to tie your gardening project to social studies or business curriculum? Read the Yuma Sun's recent series on Agriculture in Yuma and ask your students to identify all the different ways the farming industry impacts their lives.
While it might be snowing in other parts of the country in January, Yuma is the perfect place to start a garden.
In this week's Desert Gardener column, Karen Bowen, a master gardener and member of Yuma Garden Club shares what you can plant right now. And if you're looking for some more ways to engage students in science, here are a few more local parks and clubs to check out and some national sites that have plenty of information to get you started:
Pecan Grove Garden Club collaborating with the City of Yuma Parks Department created a Children’s Tree Walk in Yuma’s West Wetlands Park. The Children’s Tree Walk trees, path, and signage are located around the perimeter of the Stewart Vincent Wolf Memorial Playground. Look for them next time you visit West Wetlands Park and learn about the plants that grow there!
The Moody Garden Makers take care of the development, maintenance, care and feeding of the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, located at 2200 W. 28th Street in Yuma. According to their website, the club makes self watering containers to raise funds and for educational seminars.
"Kits containing all the parts to make your own are offered for sale for $20 and $15. The kit and/or demonstration is available to any organization or club or classroom by request."
Visit their website for more information.
Burpee offers curriculum for classroom gardening activities, from the lifecycle of plants to how weather and soil affect plant growth. And the Herb Society of America offers tips on how to grow a small classroom garden of herbs
School Garden Weekly, a site started by Los Angeles County Certified Master Gardener George Pessin, has tons of educational gardening links to explore, such as KidsGardening.org, which gives lots of information on school and family gardening as well as fundraising and grant opportunities for classrooms.