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The beautiful gardens at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary have been growing strong since 2015! Kerry and Jim Lemon, with the help of a multitude of volunteers continue to cultivate an educational experience that brings students from kindergarten to 5th grade in touch with their health and their food.

TJR SCHOOL GARDEN

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The gardens at Emeline Carpenter Elementary have continued to bud since the spring of 2016. Mike Moore from the Nacogdoches Public Library and a host of volunteers offer outdoor literacy to 5th graders during their elective time for project-based learning experiences.

CARPENTER SCHOOL GARDEN

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Fredonia Elementary's garden was planted in 2017 and has been tended by Holly Elder. Several classes have aided in the care taking of both plants and animals.

FREDONIA SCHOOL GARDEN

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Over at Regents Academy, Bill gives the students a genuine garden experience as he shares his experience, knowledge, and love of growing healthy meals. They have been plant and growing since 2017!

REGENTS SCHOOL GARDEN

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BQJ's Class in the Grass just started growing last year in Spring 2018.  One year later we have yummy vegetables and amazing learning blooming together in our outdoor classroom and garden space.  Classes at BQJ are invited to head out to the Class in the Grass whenever their schedule allows to tend to the garden, teach lessons, perform on stage, or just work on their classwork with some extra sunshine! Kylie Altier is the coordinator for this space.  Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram @BQJ's Class in the Grass.  

BQJ "Class in the Grass"

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The fall of 2018 brought Jazmin Sanchez to Nettie Marshall, and with that the development of a garden program that brings experiential education in the garden to eager learners.   Bubbly K-5 students meet every other Wednesday after school to celebrate the wonder of nature through art, observation, and interaction.

NETTIE MARSHALL SCHOOL GARDEN

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Students at Central Heights Elementary School are busy planting their garden with the help of their teacher April Muckleroy.

Central Heights Elementary School Garden

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Mike Moses Middle School science teacher Jody Franks and her after school club "Dragons That Care" have beautified their school fall of 2018 with garden boxes.  They look forward to expanding their garden program this spring!

Mike Moses Middle School Garden

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SFA Assistant Education Coordinator Jocelyn Moore and her team of SFA student counselors partner with the Boys and Girls Club and keep the youthful minds of their "garden buds" learning through cooking, exploring, growing, and gaining outdoor skills during a weekly afterschool program held at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

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In the assisted living community of Golden Gardens, people are staying active and healthy by digging in the dirt and growing some delicious produce.

GOLDEN GARDENS

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Gary Roberts, Jim Lemon, and the local community have built more than 20 beds on site at the Brown Family Health Center. The garden, community service, and growth are part of a plan to integrate mindfulness, food and physical heath.

BROWN FAMILY HEALTH CENTER COMMUNITY GARDEN

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Leadership at the Boys and Girls' Club understand the link between gardening, nutrition and eating habits.  That's why this spring the Boys and Girls' Club have started a weekly after school gardening and cooking program with the help of SFA Gardens, the communtiy and SFA Nutrition student volunteers.  

Boys and Girls Club

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Follow the historic El Camino Real De Los Tejas to the outskirts of Alto, Texas, and you will find yourself on the ancient Caddo village at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. At Caddo Mounds, Snake Woman's Garden highlights the rich agricultural traditions of Caddo farmers from more than 1,000 years ago to modern times. The garden offers visitors and volunteers a chance to engage with the plants and stories that connect us all.

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The GETCAP Headstart is host to several garden beds that the young minds get to see and taste where their food comes from. In the spring they will have a garden feast that will bring parents, kids, and staff together, supporting the concept that healthy bodies and healthy minds begins with healthy food.

HEAD START COMMUNITY GARDEN

Farmers Bryan and Cindy Pruett run Appleby Community Farm with the help of a broad team of volunteers from the community and SFA students. Volunteers will learn valuable skills as they serve and have the opportunity to barter their service for produce. Appleby sells produce, eggs, flowers and kombucha weekly at the farmers market. Folks can also sign up for a weekly vegetable basket (CSA- Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up directly from the farm.  www.applebycommunityfarm.com

Appleby Community Farm 

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