#293: How to Start a School Vegetable Garden Featuring Emily Jackson of Growing Minds Farm to School
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike interviews Emily Jackson the founder of Growing Minds (http://www.growing-minds.org), an organization dedicated to helping schools start and operate school vegetable gardening programs.
Emily tells us how Growing Minds got started, and how she as a teacher combined her passion for working with kids and her love of vegetable gardening into a rewarding adventure.
She'll fill us in on all of the positive side effects that school vegetable gardening has on children, the things you should know before you start a school vegetable garden in your area, as well as some tips to get the jump start you need.
About this week's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Emily Jackson
Emily founded the Growing Minds Farm to School program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).
In Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians, Emily and the Growing Minds team provide Farm to School support and resources to preschools and K-12 systems.
She currently co-facilitates the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network.
Emily is a former K-6 teacher and lives on a farm in beautiful Marshall, North Carolina with her husband, 6 chickens, and two dogs. She loves to garden, cook, and is particularly ga-ga for children’s literature.
Growing Minds (GM) now works with schools in 60 Appalachian Grown counties, helping them to provide farm to school experiences to their students. And as the Growing Minds program has grown, so has farm to school grown nationally - there are now farm to school programs in all 50 states in more than 9000 schools!