Growing Food in Science Class

Each spring I enjoy starting vegetable plants indoors. My grow lights are set up on shelves next to my desk shining on peppers, tomatoes, onions, eggplant, and herbs this year. I cheer for the little sprouts as they slowly emerge from the soil.

Kids can grow food in their classrooms, too. In fact, it directly connects to their learning. As part of the Iowa Academic Standards, school children are required to learn about life science topics – both plants and animals – every year.

Over the last few months, we have assisted Waukee School District with their K-5 science curriculum review. It’s exciting to think about the food students will grow in their classrooms!

Growing sweet potato slips to learn about genetic diversity, making root viewing cups, learning about matter cycling with hydroponic onions, investigating the effects of sunlight on leaves, and planting a Three Sisters garden – these are just a few of the ways students will incorporate Farm to School into their science curriculum.

Schools are busy places. By including school gardens in the science curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn through highly motivating hands-on activities with countless real-world applications.

7 things to know about Public Measure 1

This amendment would make it harder for law enforcement to do their job. Public health, gun violence prevention, domestic violence intervention and religious groups are encouraging Iowans to vote NO.

Iowa Farm to School Conference

We came together in search of a common goal–feeding our children fresh, healthy food. And we believe that goal can best be accomplished by promoting farm-school partnerships.

Calling All Teachers

Teachers ask me how people have time to bring Farm to School initiatives into the classroom. We all know how busy teachers are. Lucky for us, Farm to School activities are highly motivating and can slide into a variety of subjects and topics to enhance what you are already teaching.

Connecting Kids and Healthy Food

How much do you love healthy, local food? How hard do you have to work to find it and get it to your table? How important is it to you to have your kids eat healthy food that’s grown close to where you live?

Spring favorites

Woodlands offer something new every season, but spring is my favorite. I feel like a kid doing a scavenger hunt as I try to spot the spring ephemeral wildflowers.

Take the Learning Outdoors

When things feel turned around and upside down, turn to nature for solace and safety. Breathe the fresh air and find joy among the trees and rocks.

Get Kids Moving

The outdoors is the best place to be as we fight Covid-19 and experience the beauty of fall. Don’t miss the opportunity on warm days for water play, bike rides, creek walking and neighborhood mapping. Go ahead and get lost!