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Phoenix Garden

Phoenix School Learning Garden is focused on teaching students agricultural practices with hands-on experiences. Through this blog we hope to educate others and also learn from community members through discussions.

Garden Update for September

Hi Everyone!

September has been quite the month of changes for the garden and the school. First off, Rachel joined the garden squad as the new Healthy Futures AmeriCorps for the year.

We also started back the school year virtually, and miss you all so much! It’s been a big change, especially without students in the garden. We can’t wait to see you all again in person hopefully soon.

The fruits and vegetables have been overflowing this month, too! From tomatoes to zucchini to pumpkins to squash to grapes, we’ve been harvesting like crazy and beginning to prepare for winter.

Make sure to watch below for the full update! Cheers from the garden!

We Made the News!

Hi All,

We have been working hard this last month. The heat has been intense but our spirits are high as we have been constantly harvesting more produce than we could handle! With so much produce it was only natural that we try to give back to the community and our efforts have been praised by the local news! If you want to see the news article check out the link below! Enjoy the rest of your summer and remember to stay tuned to hear more about the great things we are doing at the Phoenix Learning Garden.

 

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/education/phoenix-school-provides-veggies-for-last-farm-food-and-fun-camp-activity/article_decb970c-f215-56d2-a874-9f22690d4e3e.html?fbclid=IwAR1GuPlgoDsEPp4Ttoi5PqbYcoUJZmdb2k809pnxMS7i6vorYYt_GLCr92Y

Garden Update for August

Hi all,

We are happy to show you what we have been working on this month in the Phoenix School Garden. The link for this month’s Garden Update video will be posted below so take a look and see some of the cool stuff we have been doing! It has been quite the productive month! We hope you are all enjoying the nice summer weather and we will see you all soon!

Garden Update for July

Hi all,

We are happy to show you what we have been working on this month in the Phoenix School Garden. The link for this month’s Garden Update video will be posted below so take a look and see some of the cool stuff we have been doing! It has been quite the productive month! We hope you are all enjoying the nice summer weather and we will see you all soon!

Zucchini, Squash and Food Preservation

Hi All,

Our crookneck squash and zucchini have really been producing! We had more of it than we knew what to do with so we decided to find some ways of preserving it so we could use it whenever we needed. If you ever find that you have too much produce than you know what to do with and you have the extra storage room then food preservation is a great way to have access to your garden produce year round. Below is a new video of how we decided to preserve the large quantities of squash and zucchini so we could use it later! Enjoy!

New Garden Video!-Yarrow

Hi all,

The Phoenix garden crew has been continuing to work hard. We have already been able to harvest some zucchini, squash and onions this week and we have a new educational video to share with all of you! The video is gives you some information on the yarrow plant and some of its many uses. The link will be posted below so please check it out! We are hoping to release more educational garden videos on a weekly or biweekly basis so look for those! So please watch out video, let us know what you think and we will see you next week.

 

Garden Update June 2020

Hi all,

The Garden Update video for June 2020 has just been uploaded! The link will be posted at the bottom. Take a look and see what we were up to in the garden this month and see how all of our lovely plants are doing. We plan on continuing the Garden Update series every month and we plan on having more educational garden videos posted as soon as next week! Stay posted for more awesome Phoenix Charter School Garden content!

Enjoy the nice Summer weather and we will see you all later!

 

 

Link: https://youtu.be/j7ILDwtEp40

We are Going Strong!

This has been a trying time for all of us including the Phoenix garden crew. Due to social distancing, we do not have the help of the garden students like we normally would but the garden staff have been working diligently to keep the Phoenix garden running. We are happy to say that we have all of our beds planted and are starting to see our hard work coming to fruition, literally! We plan to continue throughout the summer and using the fruits of our labor to help support Phoenix and the community. We hope to continue with weekly blog posts and monthly garden updates and we also have plans to create some more educational garden videos so look out for those!

We also want to congratulate the graduating class of 2020!

Thanks for reading and look forward to new content soon!shutterstock_560935330

Victory Gardens

During WW1, a food crisis came about in Europe after agriculture workers were either drafted or joined the military and farms became battlefields. The burden of millions of hungry people fell on the United States. In 1917, weeks before the U.S. enters the war, Charles Lathrop pack organized a national war garden commission to encourage the U.S. to the war effort by gardening and donating the food to the allies. Citizens were urged to use all idle land, including schools, company grounds, parks and any open space that could be turned into a garden. Propaganda was put up to encourage gardening. The Federal Bureau of Education initialed U.S. Schools Garden Army (USSGA) to get kids to enlist as soldiers of soil. Soon there were 3 million new garden plots in 1917 and more than 5.2 million were cultivated in 1918 when WW1 ended the home gardens were called Victory Gardens.

 

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