Author:Edna Chirico

School Garden CERTIFICATION: PURPLE CARROTS

Over 185 area schools are engaged in school gardening (shown as orange carrots www.GTNCharlotte.org). In most of these schools, 1 or 2 teachers lead gardening efforts as an activity implemented as time allows.  Principal and teacher turnover often leave schools without a garden leader and...

TEACHER AND INFORMAL EDUCATOR WORKSHOP – Jan 25, 2015

Start off the New Year by engaging in School Gardening!  Green Teacher Network’s quarterly workshops provide a unique opportunity to learn new skills and receive professional development credit. The upcoming workshop on Monday, January 25, 2016 is hosted in partnership with Whole Foods, one of the...

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Poinsettias are one of the most popular Christmas decorations around, with more than $200 million in sales every holiday season. Poinsettias (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) are a tropical shrubs, which have about 100 different species and reach heights of up to 12 feet tall in their natural habitat. ...

#GivingTuesdayCLT – Why Support Green Teacher Network

If your vision matches our vision of healthy, academically successful and social justice conscience children, then today you have a chance to support Green Teacher Network. 185 area schools are engaged in school gardening and tasting of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Teacher workshops, tastings and help...

Native Plant Pollinator Gardens Reaching 75 Schools by Spring 2016

Green Teacher Network with the guidance of several partners, including Mecklenburg Master Gardeners and NC Wildlife Federation, has developed a native plant pollinator garden for the school campus. [caption id="attachment_22094" align="alignright" width="333"] Native Pollinator Plants[/caption] Pollinators are often overlooked yet essential components for successful school gardens.  Butterflies,...

Grow a Garden, Earn Girl Scout Gold – by Katie Taylor

GTN was able to connect with Katie Taylor, an Ambassador Girl Scout for troop 1052. Katie’s experience with school gardens and the positive impact she feels they make are below. It is great to see young leaders understanding that a healthy diet and activity have a...

Black Eyed Susans and Gold Finches

[caption id="attachment_22037" align="alignright" width="264"] Source: birdsandblooms.com[/caption] Gold Finches are one of a few birds that begin building their nests in July and raise their young in the fall.  They usually build their nests in areas close to the Thistle Plant so there is adequate food for...

GTN Workshop Summary: October 24, 2015

[caption id="attachment_22024" align="alignright" width="344"] Angel and Mary with NC Wildlife Federation[/caption] This past Saturday at North Mecklenburg High School 48 area teachers from 20 area schools gathered for the 9th quarterly Green Teacher Network Professional Development Workshop.  A gracious donation from Whole Foods Lake Norman provided...

Why I Grow Worms: Vermiculture by Kati Hynes

History: Around 2004-2005 my sister Kary, who lived in Flagstaff, started a worm farm (source unknown).  My mom went up to visit her and brought 20-25 of Kary’s red wriggler worms home on the plane back to Denver.  Mom got a worm farm and started raising...