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Applied Horticulture at Lake Wylie

The fabulous students at Lake Wylie (a GTN Purple Carrot School) applied their gardening know-how to tackle one of our biggest needs: recycling and reusing our natural resources. The Lake Wylie Team Robotic Recyclers decided to take on the issue of food waste in the cafeteria....

Maintaining a Healthy Garden

Happy Spring, GTN Teachers! As the weather warms we wanted to share some plant maintenance thoughts with you. Unlike in the winter, your gardens will grow rapidly in the spring and will need careful watering to keep them alive and happy. You will also begin to have...

Spring Gardening with the Purple Carrot Team

The Purple Carrot Team met on April 12 to share garden planting and curriculum successes, learn about Climate Screens, and taste a delicious cauliflower recipe. Stella Thomas of Ludvig Svensson gave an interesting and instructional presentation about Climate Screens. This company makes special screens that are used...

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Welcoming Spring with Native Pollinator Gardens

TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL…… There is a Buzz all around the planet. As our region is blooming with flowering trees and plants, so too are our pollinators buzzing and humming. Many of us are concerned about our pollinators. The bees, butterflies, birds and moths that keep our...

February-A Culture of Food, by Elliott Royal

Culture is learned, transmitted and adapted. Our perception of food is generally associated with how our family and friends perceive it. When food is not available in bountiful amounts, the appreciation for it when it is available will be high. Food and water are the most important...

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...