Author Archives: taidinnan

‘Tis The Season…

…when extra large industrial bowls are no longer big enough …when I find forgotten husk cherries in my pocket …when bubbling pickle jars start building up on the counter …when I’m glad we (Dad) did some trellising earlier this summer … Continue reading

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School Gardens in the Summer

School gardens are great.  They deepen connections between students and their food.  They’re full of real life science, art, math, culture, and writing opportunities.  And of course, they get us outside to do real work and hands-on learning.  But in … Continue reading

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Invent Your Own Salad

Ahh, we’re enjoying more variety from the garden every day!  In the past few weeks we’ve enjoyed our first fennel, kohlrabi, beets, baby carrots, cucumbers, basil, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, edible flowers… the list grows and grows.  With such a large … Continue reading

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Fun in the Sun

When I was in seventh grade, we were given the choice to  study anything we wanted.  Most classmates picked their favorite athlete, hobby, or food.  I picked Time.  Whew, that was a challenge to put into a paper and presentation! This week … Continue reading

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Cloud Spotting with Kids

No matter where you live, you can count on clouds overhead when playing outside.  Clouds can inspire beautiful art, spark the imagination, help predict the weather, and more!  Toady at summer camp, I told the following stories as we lay … Continue reading

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Campers Dig Green Thumbs Camp!

Eight bright-eyed campers arrived at the Charlotte Central School Garden on Monday morning ready for Green Thumbs Garden Camp.  The cool grass was still wet with dew, but the strong sunlight promised a warm summery day. Though few of the … Continue reading

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Garden Mysteries

Early summer gardens provide numerous opportunities for solving mysteries.  It’s often fun and rewarding to engage children in the careful observation, brainstorming, research, and problem solving required to keep your plants strong and healthy.  Who nibbled that lettuce?  Why didn’t … Continue reading

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Early Summer Garden Greens

Yes!  It’s finally that time of year when our family of four can eat as much lettuce as possible without making a dent in the supply growing in the garden.  Each day the heads grow larger, making it hard to see signs … Continue reading

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Green Thumbs Summer Camp

Families near Charlotte, VT: Check out the camp I’ll be running this summer in Charlotte School Gardens.  Slots still remain – sign up or help spread the word now! 5-year-olders through 5th graders: Your thumbs will turn green after a … Continue reading

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Tick and Poison Ivy Season

We’ve experienced several exciting firsts of the season this past week: our first all-you-can-eat asparagus dinner, our first tulips, our first cilantro, our first thunderstorm, our first creemie (what we call soft serve in Vermont), and my first tick.  I’ve … Continue reading

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