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Planting a vegetable garden is an important American pastime that is rapidly gaining popularity in our contemporary society. Many folks are growing their own for environmental reasons, others for economic savings. The Grow Your Own series explores such topics as site selection, ordering seeds and preparing your soil. Find the complete series of weekly steps to great vegetable gardens here.
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Along with Whole Foods Market, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Orchard will be hosting an Apricot Festival on May 15. This is your chance to purchase home-grown fruit—fresh from the garden. There will also be freezing and drying demonstrations and information on canning apricots. The Festival–from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.—will be at Whole Foods Market, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd., LV 89117. Read all the details.
The Food for Thoughts program is designed to help teachers to use the outdoor environment for their classroom. Children and teachers can grow to love the outdoor classroom together with a school garden. When students grow something outside, they learn to care about their school, and to eat what they grow. Students get exercise, teachers get an alternative to the normal lesson plan and everyone benefits! Taking education outside helps students gain new perspectives, better attitudes and builds a desire for learning. Science, math, journal writing, art and storytelling are just some of the lessons which can be incorporated into a school garden. The options for learning outdoors are limited only by your imagination. Visit the Food for Thoughts website for more information.