Entries Tagged as 'Woolly School Gardens'

Woolly School Gardens Around the World: New York

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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This week we wanted to share an inspiring story of our Woolly School Garden in action in New York.

40 WALLY 1 pockets were installed at PS206 on the chainlink of the school yard. (They have a LOTTA chainlink!) The students planted the pockets with edibles like: kale, spinach, rainbow chard, broccoli, scallions, red cabbage and mesclun salad greens as well as herbs like thyme, sage, parsley and mint!

The garden is watered lovingly by 43 third graders in our APPLE SEED program. It is also watered almost every other day by students receiving occupational therapy. The on-site occupational therapist says the pockets are perfect for sequencing, physical and communication activities. The plants LOVE the water and the garden is THRIVING. I wish you could see it in person.

The garden at PS 206 is a three headed dragon. One partner is TURBANA, a banana and tropical fruit importer, they have generously supported the project. The second partner is KEEN: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now. KEEN’s  goal is for the children to get exercise outside and to learn about healthy foods.  www.keennewyork.org  KEEN New York won an online Facebook challenge and wanted to build a garden in a public school. KEEN was looking for a school with a high population of Special needs children. The Horticultural Society of New York is the project’s installation and education partner. Our colleague Miriam Campos was contacted to develop the garden at PS 206—as school with a 40% of their students on the autism spectrum. Our Hort team recognized that we needed to capitalize on that urban chainlink and MAKE IT GROW!!! So thank you WOOLLY POCKET. You make edibles grow in amazing places with amazing people.

 

WoollyPocket Featured on Whole Foods Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Miguel Nelson is a man on a mission. “I love plants. I think plants are the coolest. I feel like civilization would be a better place if people spent a little more time with plants,” says the artist-turned-entrepreneur.

To help people have fun with plants, Miguel created Woolly Pocket , a low-maintenance modular garden that can hang on walls or fences. The modules — or pockets — can be used singly or together to create everything from a windowsill garden to a vast living wall.

The original Woolly Pockets are crafted from recycled plastic that is pressed into “woolly” felt — hence the name. This fall, the company introduced a new Living Wall Planter made from recycled milk jugs.

Kids Get in On the Fun

Miguel’s vision isn’t limited to helping grown-ups play with plants. He wants to make plants more accessible to kids too. Enter the Woolly School Garden kit, which provides materials to create a flourishing school garden — pockets, hardware, compost tea and organic seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers.

“Teachers love the flexibility,” Miguel explains, because the pockets are portable and can hang on almost anything, from chain link fence to an interior wall. That makes Woolly Pockets especially great for schools where space is limited.

“There was a school in New York with a rooftop playground surrounded by a chain link fence. They put their Woolly Pocket garden up on that fence, and it didn’t take up precious playground space.”

Schools interested in building Woolly School Gardens or a traditional garden can apply for a grant through the Whole Kids Foundation®’s School Garden Grant program, which provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Story by Whole Foods Blog

It’s a Big World, Start Small

Thursday, January 16, 2014

It sure is a large world with cities just getting bigger and bigger. Students will learn more in a school garden than just gardening~ We promise!

  • They will learn where vegetables come from.
  • They will experience growing vegetables without chemicals and/or organically
  • They can learn that transporting vegetables across several states uses lots of non- renewable resources
  • They will taste the fresh vegetables (in some cases this will be a first)
  • They will have a chance to cook with the fresh vegetables they grow

Stop and Smell the Flowers!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A school garden can be used as a time to reflect. Slowing down and taking the time to think, feel and live. It also enables not just children, but the teachers as well, to enjoy those little moments, and most of all getting a nose full of pretty fragrances!

When is the last time you stopped to smell the flowers?

www.woollyschoolgarden.org

Working Together

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Woolly School Garden (WSG) is everything a school needs to create an outdoor garden classroom and begin teaching gardening and nutrition! Woolly School Gardens use any sunny wall or fence to create a vertical edible garden, and the user-friendly curriculum allows teachers to easily teach their students how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices.

FarmFresh2U approached and told us how they would like to place a program in their local schools between their business and ours. FarmFresh2U.us is a “Food-Hub” or an on-line virtual grocery store. They carry only organic, non-gmo and grass-fed products. They have designed a program to help schools fund their very own school garden and for everyone to have those healthy meals at home, as well. FarmFresh2U will sign up schools with Woolly Pocket and create a code on their on-line virtual grocery store. Parents, teachers, school staff, or anyone that purchases under a school’s code at FarmFresh2U.us will receive a discount on their order and it will add money to that school’s garden fund. When the amount needed to purchase the garden is reached FarmFresh2U will contact Woolly Pocket and have the whole Woolly School Garden Kit sent to the school. For questions about FarmFresh2U and their school garden program please contact them directly info@farmfresh2u.us, and for questions about starting your own Woolly School Garden from Woolly Pocket please contact us schools@woollypocket.com.

 www.woollyschoolgarden.org

www.farmfresh2u.us

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