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Five School Programs Feeding America's Children

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Danielle Nierenberg

Beyond the traditional lessons on reading, writing, and math, schools across America are now teaching their students about another crucially important subject that will build the foundation for the rest of their lives: nutrition.

12 Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

It's wintertime, but that doesn't stop us hortiholics from daydreaming about next spring's garden and everything flowery.

A Tree Grows in Harlem

Alex Budman | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Alex Budman

In the Harlem Grown garden, children gain a respect for nature and the environment. They study about earth sciences and insects, gaining insight into the fundamentals of nature.

Growth, Interrupted: Teen Moms Fight to Save Innovative School (and Farm)

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

The fate of an innovative Detroit high school where parenting teens can bring their kids to school for high quality early childhood education, and farmwork is integrated into the curriculum, is all but sealed. But they're not going down without a fight.

Composting in California: Come Get your Bag O' Crap!

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Well, now I can add "interviewed a crap farmer" to my esteemed resume, while checking it off my bucket list. My parents will be so proud.

Farm Dinners At FIG Restaurant (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Teacher Anthony Fuller led a group of his high school students through the gates of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and into the private dining area of FIG...

Students as Stewards of the Earth

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Annie Spiegelman, a.k.a. the Dirt Diva A year and half ago, I received an email from Nicole Calmels, a sixth-grade science teacher a...

The Rise and Fall of School Gardens in New York's Past Can Guide Us Into the Future

Daniel Bowman Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Bowman Simon

In the past 18 months, school gardens have seen a significant resurgence in popularity, starting in communities across America and right at The White House.

Back to School in "the Mother of All School Greenhouses"

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Katherine Gustafson

At P.S. 333, a New York City public school otherwise known as The Manhattan School for Children, a little schoolyard garden plot like the ones popping...

Eating Green: An Interview with Helge Hellberg About the Rising Food Movement

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Annie Spiegelman

It's estimated that 27 percent of American 17- to 24-year-olds are now "too fat to serve" (in the military). Can the rising green-food movement save us from becoming America: home of the blobs?

From the White House to the Wii: Moving to Conquer Obesity

Debra Eschmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Debra Eschmeyer

Food policy councils have never existed before at the national level, but last week I attended the White House Childhood Obesity Summit, and it certainly had the flavors of one.

Rachael Ray Gives NYC's School Garden Movement A Boost

Emily Freund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Emily Freund

Being competent in reading and writing is important, but so are the food choices we make at least three times a day, every day.

School Gardens: Teaching the Next Generation Where Real Food Comes From

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Gardening encourages students to explore and problem-solve, while also building their self-esteem, nourishing their bodies and spirit, and nurturing an appreciation for the natural world.

To Weep or Reap: The Flap on School Gardens

Lisa Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Bennett

In truth, the first time I read Flanagan's article, I too felt a paroxysm of worry. Were school gardens actually robbing our most vulnerable students of more basic and important learning experiences?

Atlantic's Caitlin Flanagan Blames Arugula for California's Failing Schools

Samuel Fromartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Samuel Fromartz

Pinning the ills of the state's educational system on school gardens? What's next? Blaming the deep recession on Michelle Obama's White House garden because it takes the president's attention off more weighty problems?

Failure to Cultivate: A Response to Caitlin Flanagan on School Gardens

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

Caitlin Flanagan has written a surprisingly harsh critique of including gardens in our public schools. In a nutshell, she states that pursuing this activity over and above the three R's will turn our children into illiterate sharecroppers.

Mapping a Local Food Trail for the Obamas' Vineyard Vacation

Susie Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susie Middleton

By all accounts, the Obamas are planning a quiet vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard. The Vineyard Gazette reports this morning that the First Fam...

The Real Cost of Obesity

Arthur Agatston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Agatston, M.D.

No matter what health care delivery system this country adopts, no matter what plan or series of plans are enacted, it will be bankrupted in no time b...