Are you interested in joining the Lettuce Learn team? We are seeking a talented outreach & communications intern to assist with marketing, branding, events, design, and contact/volunteer management. Click below to find out more and to apply today.
Applications accepted until Dec 16, 2015. We'd love to hear from you!
High Country Local First & Lettuce Learn to offer $2,500 in school garden funding. For every Local First Rewards Card sold, High Country Local First (HCLF) donates $5 to support local school garden programs in Watauga and Ashe Counties. Farm-to-school grant awards to total $2,500 will be given to local schools and preschools interested in building or expanding their garden-based education programming. Lettuce Learn is helping to manage the 2016 grant program in hopes of assisting schools and teachers with implementation, program sustainability, and professional development.
Lettuce Learn received some great news the other day. We were one of fifty-two projects from across the state selected to receive FREE MILKWEED! This is going to make an awesome addition to our pollinator gardens! This is also great news for our beautiful Monarch Butterflies, as they survive on milkweed throughout their life cycle.
Interested to find out more about beneficial plants for pollinators? Find out here!
What an unbelievable year! Lettuce Learn was able to accomplish so much this year thanks to the earliest financial support from all those who backed our Barnraiser Campaign. We simply can't say thank you enough for believing in us and supporting our cause. In return for those who gave at the $50-$100 giving levels, we delivered beautiful bouquets of flowers to some of the 'teacher heroes' in our community. Not only do our bouquets smell just divine, but they came out of our own Lettuce Learn gardens, too!
To catch a glimpse of the lucky teachers and the gorgeous flowers presented to them, check out the awesome gallery below!
If you're spending your precious garden time squishing bugs, it's important to remember that not all bugs are bad! Some bugs are extremely beneficial for our gardens. Sometimes, good bugs can be disguised as bad bugs.
Let's talk about a favorite (and often misunderstood); the Ladybug.
Let this be a lesson to you....don't be so quick to judge! Just because it's ugly doesn't mean it's bad! This is a common misconception. Didn't your mother ever teach you to not judge a book by its cover? Ladybugs will eat all kinds of bugs that we don't want in our gardens - like aphids! Make sure you do your research before you get out there and start squishing bugs or spraying your garden down with harmful chemicals.
We have numerous upcoming volunteer opportunities this September!
1) Help Lettuce Learn at Parkway Elementary transform their schoolyard into an edible landscape for learning!
WHAT: There will be weeding, saving bulbs and perennials to plant later, soil improvement, mulching and brainstorming about the possibility for a new foodscape/pollinator garden area. Bring some gloves, sturdy shoes, gardening tools if available and your thinking caps!
WHEN: Wed, Sep 9 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Parkway Elementary School, 160 Parkway School Drive, Boone, NC 28608
HOW: Please email email@example.com if you plan to be there.
2) Help Lead a Preschool garden lesson at the ASU Child Dev Center
WHAT: Help us lead a garden mini-lesson for 4-5 yr olds at the ASU Child Development Center learning garden
WHERE: ASU Child Dev Center, 538 Poplar Grove Rd, BooneHOW: Contact John Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply SIGN UP TODAY.
3) Hardin Park Greenhouse Lovin'
WHEN: Saturday, Sep 5 (time TBD)WHERE: Hardin Park Greenhouse HOW: Contact Maggie Gartman at email@example.com
Want to find out more about these opportunities? If you're not already part of our LettuceHelp! Network, sign up here.
Application deadline: Aug 5, 2015
The Lettuce Learn Project is seeking a learning garden assistant to help with Mrs. Anne Wilson's 6th Grade "Lettuce Learn Science!" Garden beginning in Aug 2015 and ending in early November 2015*.
*There is the possibility of extending the post until the end of the school year in June 2016.
The position is part time (5-10 hrs/week) and is located at Hardin Park Elementary School in Boone, NC. The garden-education assistant will receive a monthly travel stipend of $200 to assist with travel expenses.
Lettuce Learn is a school garden support program within the High Country. We work towards the vision of creating nutritious, fair, and clean food for the wellbeing of our citizens and community. Because we believe school gardens are one path towards that goal, we provide support and resources to ensure school garden success so that all children may learn the art of food production, develop an ecological and nutritional literacy, and have the opportunity to learn in an experiential, place-based way.
The Hardin Park learning garden assistant will be provided with a variety of tools to help prepare them for their role. They will be part of the Lettuce Learn Team with access to comprehensive online training modules to help guide them along the entire process of planning, coordinating, maintaining, harvesting, and sharing the garden. Benefits include opportunities to to explore and experiment with best practices, and to work collaboratively with other garden educators, the Lettuce Learn leadership, and the teachers, staff, and administration at Hardin Park.
The learning garden assistant will report to the Lettuce Learn Project Director and Mrs. Anne Wilson.
TASKS WILL INCLUDE:
The learning garden assistant will receive a monthly travel stipend of $200. This position can also serve as an internship opportunity if needed.
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