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Mistakes Could Be The Best for Experiential Learning

Posted by HalleBrake on August 14, 2015

Classroom gardening opens up unique opportunities for both teachers and students, from engaging new ways to teach STEM subjects to real-world connections with the community and future employers for students. While classroom gardens can transform the teaching-learning experience, obstacles like space, funding, and experience keep most educators from getting one. Solutions like compact or vertical gardens and alternative funding sources answer two of those needs; but what about experience? The same hurdle keeps even the most well-funded and space-endowed people from starting gardens.

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Topics: In the Classroom

Science Club Uses Vertical Garden To Spark Innovation

Posted by HalleBrake on July 13, 2015

If you didn't know - vertical gardening is all the rage in schools right now. And it's likely to stay that way. But as an educator pondering the idea, you may be wondering what exactly the experience might be like for young students and what type of success is actually possible.

 Today I'm introducing you to another inspiring soil-less science educator in our community - Becky Theis.

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Topics: In the Classroom

Top 10 Funding Opportunities & Grants for School Gardens

Posted by HalleBrake on June 30, 2015


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Topics: In the Classroom

Super Student Innovation Results in Exciting Opportunities

Posted by HalleBrake on June 18, 2015

What happens when two high school students take their class project home?

"Choas. Destruction. Insanity, " you say. Or perhaps you're thinking the opposite. "Absolutely nothing. It just sits there untouched, abandoned and forlorn."

What if neither was the case? What if instead the students spent hours and hours fiddling with the project, passionately crafting it into their own innovative masterpiece?

Well, that's when you would get something like this.

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Topics: In the Classroom

FFA and Hydroponics: An Interview with Jay Super

Posted by HalleBrake on June 8, 2015


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Topics: In the Classroom

Why Every Teacher Should Be On Pinterest

Posted by HalleBrake on May 22, 2015

Education is a difficult task that is growing more complicated and less appreciated.

Educators have a big challenge in front of them. They are becoming subject to an increasing number of standards that require change on two fronts: what is taught in the classroom and how it is taught. Not only this, but educators are often deeply invested in the personal development of their students and task themselves with finding ways to encourage students to act and think as individuals.

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Topics: In the Classroom

8 Fun Ways to Use Hydroponic Produce in Your School

Posted by HalleBrake on May 5, 2015

Insight from Educators

Recently, I followed up with educators all over Wyoming using ZipGrow towers for classroom gardening.

During this time, I was able to gather a little insight into how schools are using their produce grown in the ZipGrow towers.

In today’s post, we will share some ideas for how you can use hydroponic produce in your school, and some examples of how schools are using their harvested produce currently.

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Topics: In the Classroom

How A Hydroponic Garden Transformed This Kansas School

Posted by HalleBrake on April 30, 2015


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Topics: Spotlights, In the Classroom

What Happens When You Put ZipGrow in a 3rd Grade Classroom?

Posted by HalleBrake on April 29, 2015

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being surprised with a sudden string of childrens’ cheery testimonials of their classroom ZipGrow tower over the phone. The call started off like a normal educator followup. I spent some time chatting with Hanna Elementary’s amazing Mrs. Cathy McAtee, the focus of today’s Educator Spotlight, about her classroom Spring System.

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Topics: In the Classroom

What to Expect From Your Classroom Garden

Posted by HalleBrake on April 17, 2015

So you've planted your Spring System...

Once seedlings have been transplanted into the Spring, many growers get anxious for the plants to grow big and strong like you see in the pictures. But like anything else, you have to give it time. Don't panic if your plants haven’t tripled in size the first week or two!

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Topics: In the Classroom

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