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January 21, 2013 / Rick Swann

Growing School Gardens at

If you are looking for an active community of garden educators, one place that you can find one is online at the Growing School Gardens group on Once you join the group, this is a great place post your questions, which usually are answered in a very timely manner by other garden educators. A series of webinars is offered as well. Today I took part in “Winter Planning for the Spring School Garden” which was presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Farm-to-School Network. On February 6, John Fisher from LifeLab will be presenting “Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden.” Having visited several of the LifeLab designed gardens in the Santa Cruz area I would have to say that this webinar would be worth your time. Today’s webinar was wonderful as well. Presented by Beth Feehan, the Director of the New Jersey Farm-to-School Network and Dorothy Mullen, Founder of the Princeton School Garden Program, it had some great ideas of working with kids while the garden lay fallow, as well as great ideas on how to organize the garden program so that you are ready for spring planting. If you missed the webcast, I believe it will be archived and available for later viewing.

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