Sunday, April 25, 2021

Growing To Learn by Learning to Grow - We love the work of Farmer Kim & Her School Garden Army!


Read up on the school garden movement and what Farmer Kim is doing to push the needle on growing a school garden in every school yard across North Texas! Her roots got growing at Moss Haven Farm and continue to grow deep and strong. We love school gardens, Farmer Kim and the benefits that grow year after year on our school farm. 

Read on to learn more...., 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

We're in Edible Magazine!

Edible Magazine has been a leader in the local food movement for a long time. There are more than 90 local Edible magazines and websites across the U.S. and Canada. Their articles teach us how to cook, eat, and drink like a local. We were thrilled when asked by Edible DFW for an interview about our school farm. We think that you will love it to. Follow this link, or pick up a copy at your favorite local grocer, farmers market or restaurant. Thanks Edible DFW for the opportunity to shine in our community! #EIEIO.., It's off to school to grow!


Fall Planting - We love it!

In the Fall, the first thing that our students dig into is getting the gardens ready to plant and when that is done, we plant. This week, that is just what we did. Into the ground went transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, kale, and lettuce. We used planting grids and sowed seeds of radish, beets, rutabaga, carrots, lettuce, and leeks. This time of year, when the weather starts to shift, the growing is easier. We water and weed and apply "Rabbit Scram" to keep the cute but pesky bunnies out. With a little luck in about 6 weeks, we should begin to harvest. Ask the Moss Haven Farm kids about what they planted and what they learned on the farm this week. 

It’s September - Back on the Farm

Farming in Texas teaches many lessons. This time of the year, we deal with weather and pests while we plant our Fall crops. The kids are headed back to the farm for weekly lessons that tie into their classroom lessons and allow them to practice those skills in a real world outdoor environment. This farmer is ready to head back, dig in and connect my farm friends to the dirt! Ask your kiddos what they learned this week on the farm and maybe you will learn a thing or two. E I E I O..., its off to school to grow!

Dirty knees are a sign of a good day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scavenger Hunt Living vs. Non Living

Yes, that is a curled up garter snake on a tray with some other random treasures. This week, kids explored the farm in search of living vs. non living items. You never know what will turn up with activities like this. Maybe its because kids are closer to the ground, but when they explore on their own, there are always the elements of adventure, learning and fun! 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

What Kids Eat Around The World In One Week

Thanks to Time Magazine for this wonderful springboard into health and nutrition. This week, we added some social studies to our farm studies and took a look at how we compare to other kids around the globe. Cambridge University conducted a study, that identified countries with the healthiest diets in the world. Nine out of 10 countries are in Africa, where vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, grains are staples and meals are homemade. In the U.S.,  nearly 60% of the calories we consume come from processed foods and only 1% come from vegetables. If you want change, you have to educate the children, so that's just what we did. Groups of kids studied a photograph, from the Time series called, What Kids Eat Around The World and looked at what a child from another country eats during a week and made some comparisons. They shared the similarities and differences and made some connections to their own lives and the meals that they ate in a week. They filled the air with lively conversations and connected meals to healthiness.

It's Planting Time in Texas!

During the month of December, gardeners take a pause to rest and dream of their Spring gardens. January is when planting begins again and this week we started with onions. Next week it will be carrots, beets, radishes, and spinach. The kids did a great job planting onions. They are growing some for themselves, but also planting in the Giving Garden to donate to our partners at the North Texas Food Bank. Growing & Giving.., That's how we roll!