School Gardens

first_imgThe number of school gardens is on the rise as Georgia teachers search for engaging ways to educate students about their food.School gardens are also gaining momentum because they help teachers meet science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education requirements, according to Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.“You use a lot of division and recording to plant a garden, and some teachers have students grow their crops in geometric shapes,” Griffin said.English teachers may have their students read a book and then plant the crops or flowers that the book mentions, Griffin said. History teachers have their students plant colonial gardens filled with crops that might’ve been on first President George Washington’s dinner table.School gardens are an excellent educational tool, but they are also a lot of hard work. To be successful, the garden project has to be supported by the school board, teachers, parents and community leaders.“If the garden is being planned and planted by just one teacher, it’s going to fail,” Griffin said. In Dougherty County, Georgia, UGA Extension agent James Morgan has helped to establish gardens in 13 of the county’s 14 elementary schools. Morgan’s gardens have won Golden Radish Awards, an honor presented annually to schools where teachers and personnel are doing extraordinary work in terms of farm-to-school programs. The award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Organics and UGA Extension. To date, Morgan’s gardens have earned two gold radishes, along with a silver and a bronze.“These school gardens would not be successful if not for the buy-in from the principals and school liaisons,” Morgan said. “And the gardens wouldn’t be possible without the support of our teaching garden planning team.”The planning team meets each fall to begin planning the gardens. Team members are then assigned to schools, where they meet with the principal and the school’s garden liaison.“First, we have to see if weeding needs to be done, if wood for beds needs replacing or if soil needs to be added,” Morgan said. “The liaison then works with the kids or volunteers to weed the beds. During this time, we place an order for transplants and schedule soil drop-off and planting times.”Each garden has seven raised beds where students grow lettuce, collards, kale, spinach, scallions and radishes. After planting, the planning team and students monitor the school gardens throughout the growing season. “In the event of cold weather, I have someone in the school nutrition office send out an email to all the liaisons letting them know how to protect the plants from cold weather,” Morgan said.As the plants get close to maturity, Morgan visits the schools and shows the students when to harvest the radishes or how to harvest the leaves from the leafy vegetables so that the plant will continue to produce more leaves. When the students harvest their vegetables, the school cafeteria staff incorporates them into each school’s holiday lunch, he said.Team member organizations include Southwest Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, UGA Extension, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Southwest Georgia Project, Dougherty County Farm Bureau, City of Albany Recreation and Parks Department, Dougherty County Child Nutrition Program, and Georgia Region V Soil and Water Conservation District.To help Georgia teachers with school gardens, UGA Extension and the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture offer training for teachers. At the training sessions, teachers learn about selecting crops that are in season during the school year, testing garden soil before planting, composting, attracting beneficial insects and controlling pests using a minimal amount of pesticides. Since 2015, 150 teachers have been trained at workshops held in Athens, Atlanta and Griffin, Georgia.For more information on this program, visit read more

Bali quarantines nine foreign tourists who sat next to NZ COVID-19 patient in airplane

first_imgBalinese health authorities have quarantined nine foreign tourists who were on Emirates flight EK450 from Dubai to Bali after it was found that they sat near a New Zealander who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”We traced the passengers sitting behind, next to and in front of the New Zealand patient,” Bali Health Agency head Ketut Suarjaya said on Tuesday. “They are staying at three different hotels in Bali.”He said that all nine people appeared healthy and that the agency had taken samples from them for testing. The agency will keep the tourists under observation for the next 14 days. “We’ve taken the samples and we asked all [nine tourists] to limit their activities. All of them are foreigners, so we quarantined them in their hotels,” he said.Last week, New Zealand reported its first coronavirus case of a female citizen in her 60s who traveled from Tehran, Iran, to Auckland via Bali.The New Zealand resident traveled using Emirates flight EK450 on Feb. 26. The New Zealand Health Ministry through its Twitter account urged passengers who traveled on the same flight to immediately contact authorities if they were concerned.Ketut said his agency was also investigating a report that an Australian resident had tested positive for COVID-19 after flying from Iran to Melbourne via Bali on Friday.”We haven’t received the report from Australian authorities. However, we’ve collected the manifest data,” he said. “The Bali Port Health Authority has also collected data from health alert cards.” (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Involved Dads Save Daughters from Risky Behavior

first_imgChristian Headlines 16 June 2017Family First Comment: “The authors note it was the quality of dad’s time in the home that made the biggest impact. When his influence and presence was positive, the older daughter—who spent more time with her father—delayed sexual activity and spent less time with sexually risk-prone peers. But more time with a distant and cold father seemed to have a negative impact on the older sister. “It’s all about dosage of exposure to dads; the bigger the dose, the more fathering matters—for better and for worse.””Quality time with Dad decreases a daughter’s propensity for risky sexual activity, according to a study released last month.The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, adds to a host of research that continues to highlight the importance of fathering for daughters.Researchers Danielle DelPriore and Bruce Ellis of the University of Utah, and Gabriel Schlomer of the State University of New York at Albany, found an inverse relationship between the amount of quality fathering a daughter receives and her likelihood for promiscuous sex, unprotected sex, and sex while intoxicated.While previous studies showed a link between less time with dad and risky sexual activity, some observers wondered whether genetics was somewhat to blame—a father prone to absence might pass on genes that made his daughter prone to risky behavior.But this study derails that hypothesis.For this study, researchers looked at families with two biological sisters, at least four years apart, in intact families, as well as families with a divorce or separation before the younger sister turned 14. Same family, same genetics, but two daughters with different amounts of quality fathering.READ MORE: read more