The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 4

In my location on the map, this year’s winter solstice happened at 2:02 am this morning, Monday, December 21. It is my sincere wish that with the turn of the season, we also get a proverbial turn of the tides that lets us put the dark days of 2020 behind us. As I look toContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 4”

The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 3

The autumnal equinox takes place in Napa, CA on September 22nd at 6:30 am. On that day there are approximately equal (12) hours each of daylight and nighttime, signaling a shift from the dog days of summer. Here in Northern California, where the LNU and the August Complexes have burned well over a million acres,Continue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 3”

The School Garden Journal v.2, Issue 2

It doesn’t seem possible that only three months have passed since I published the spring issue of The School Garden Journal. Another change in season reminds me to take stock and look forward. Taking stock, I feel incredibly grateful for my health, my work, and, especially now, my garden. Looking forward, I muster all theContinue reading “The School Garden Journal v.2, Issue 2”

The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 1

As I prepared to post the spring 2020 issue of The School Garden Journal, the list of things I want to accomplish in my garden(s) over the next month grows, as it always does this time of year. What is most unexpected, however, is the unusual circumstance of having weeks of time to do themContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.2, Issue 1”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 8

What can you grow when there are only 10 hours of light between sunrise and sunset? Microgreens! In a recent visit to the Vallejo People’s Garden on Mare Island, I learned about PharmFresh, a nonprofit that cultivates microgreens on an urban scale. A partnership between a community organizer and university medical students, this project aimsContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 8”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 7

You know fall is here when Napa Valley gets a light rain. I was not in town for the first drizzle of the season, but I can imagine the dewey smell. The first rain always feels so refreshing, just that little bit of moisture to capture the dust and pollen and give those drought-tolerant plantsContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 7”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 6

It’s my favorite day of the year: the summer solstice! Like plants, I really like light. Nothing motivates me more than a long, sunny day! As the official kickoff of summer, June 21st will enjoy a 14-hour-and-46-minute-day length in Northern California.That’s a lot of time to photosynthesize the sun’s energy. It’s also a great timeContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 6”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 5

Summer is nearly upon us, Garden Educators! Hopefully your tomatoes are in the ground and you are preparing to plant sunflowers, corn, or pumpkins. Now is the time to check your irrigation and recruit volunteers for summer vacation. Read on for May highlights… Read this blog post about how Garden to Cafeteria Can Make Farm to TableContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 5”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 4

Happy Earth Day, Garden Educators! What a flurry of garden activity over spring break! Plant Sales, Wildflower Hikes, and so much more! Read on for April highlights… Need a last-minute idea for Earth Day? Check out 15 Meaningful Activities that connect kids with nature. Are you inundated with wild calendula? Read how One Teacher andContinue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 4”

The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 3

It’s Almost Spring, Garden Educators!  The bulbs and buds are emerging. According to the calendar, spring starts in a week, but there’s still a small chance of frost. Read on for March highlights… Looking for a fun, simple way to motivate kids to sow seeds? Make Corn “Pop” with Flavor by cooking up this healthy snack.Continue reading “The School Garden Journal, v.1, Issue 3”