Friday, December 27, 2013

New Years Resolutions Farm Style

It's that time of the year when everyone decides on one thing that they can change to make themselves better. This year we have some healthy, Earth-friendly ideas to consider before you zero in on your resolution for the upcoming New Year.

Here goes:

1.      Think Local
2.      Go Organic
3.      Know your Farmer
4.      Eat More Fresh Food
5.      Reuse
6.      Reduce
7.      Recycle 
8.      Rot (start a compost pile)
9.      Get 60 Minutes of Exercise Everyday
10.    Volunteer

Good luck with those resolutions and have a Happy New Year!
E I E I O...,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays From The Farm

Have a happy, healthy, holiday season!


The farm and farmers are resting for awhile. Winter gives the land and the people who farm it a short break to rest and plan for the next planting season. So far this year we have had many activities and much learning on the farm. It has been a year of growth for the crops and our kids. We can celebrate our partnerships with American Heart Association as well as The Cooper Institute and United Way. We are making an impact at Moss Haven in the lives and health of our students.

Our success can be attributed to our many supporters in our school community as well as local and National supporters. With the help of all those involved, we will continue to make postitive changes in our students' and families' lives.


So we can take this time to celebrate all the goodness that we have growing in our garden and plan for what lies ahead.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

You Are What You Eat

Food art is always a fun option to get kids interested in healthy treats. If they create it, they are more likely to eat it.

Summer brings us a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies, so there is easy access during that time of the year.

During Winter, you can still find healthy options. So try to jazz up your holidays with some fun and healthy treats too!

In the last few weeks, I have received two pictures of kids making healthy choices. Both friends chose the options on their own, much to their parents amazement. So here's to healthy food choices and raising healthy kids!

With nutrition and healthy eating in mind, take a look at this video that our farm hands have created. It was inspired by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Pumpkins, Leaves And A Great Big Freeze

When it is 80 degrees in December, you can work up a sweat on the farm. That's what our farmers did this week. We collected leaves and worked on smashing our pumpkins for our compost. We also added  compost in our beds to help protect our Winter crops for an upcoming deep freeze. 

There is a saying in Texas, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change." This time change came in the form of an ice storm. 

Our farmers took a break from farm work to get out and enjoy some frosty fun!
Who knows what will come with the weather next week? In any event, we will take time to enjoy the farm one way or another. 
E I E I - Snow!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thankful For Our Farm And Farmers!

In celebration of Thanksgiving, there is so much that this farmer is thankful for. 

-Our Farmers
-Our Teachers
-Our Cafeteria Workers
-Our Master Gardeners
-Our Parents
-Our Farm Team
-Our Chickens
-Our Partners
-Our Supporters
-Our Suppliers
-Our Opportunities that keep coming our way

We couldn't do it without you all! So, enjoy our latest endeavor..., movie making! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family and all who you love!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Making Way For November's Gusty Gales

The Season is a changing...., So we had to get busy with our harvest!

Our Art students celebrated Fall harvest as well with great drawings of pumpkins.

One of our classes harvested and learned about the herbs that Indians used. They even made medicine bags.

Marigold harvest brought us so many flowers that we made a long swag out of the beautiful flowers.

Grubs were harvested for our chickens of course.

High School students dropped by this week to enjoy Fall on the farm.

Our farm keeps sending us new friends. This friend is an electrician in our district, who happens to raise emus. He thought that since we had a flock of chickens, we would like to learn about other birds and eggs. So, now we have a really cool emu egg at our school.