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Gardening in Preschools

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NC State Resources

Preschool Gardening Activity Guide

Gardening Activity Publication Cover
Food Safety tips for school and community gardens. Food safety
Collard Greens and Common Ground:
A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook
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Farm-to-Childcare Farm to Child Care Portal
NC Extension Plant Toolbox

Descriptions, Images, Alternatives

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1-hour Videos from the

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Aquaponics

Learn to build and manage a small aquaponics system including what fish and plants to grow.

Tenita Solanto, Green Panda Farms, Navy Veteran, Urban Farmer

Composting

How to start a healthy composting bin at home or at your child care center.

Rhonda Sherman, NC State Extension Solid Waste Specialist (vermicomposting, composting, recycling)

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Container Vegetable Gardening

Select an appropriate site, choose vegetable varieties that will thrive, and manage container gardens for bountiful harvests!

Eli Snyder, Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial and Consumer Horticulture in Wilks County

Coverslide for Container Gardening

Edible Landscaping

Growing fruits, nuts, and herbs in preschool centers. Learn which are easies, where to plant, and how to grow edible trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, & herbs

Dr. Lucy Bradley is an Extension Specialist in Consumer and Community Horticulture at NC State University.
Beyond veggies

Fall Gardening

Identify an appropriate site to grow vegetables and plants that thrive in fall gardens in North Carolina. Understand when and how to plant garden crops, and how to protect them from frosts or freezes.

Eli Snyder, Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial and Consumer Horticulture in Wilks County

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Hydroponics

The science behind hydroponics systems, instructions on how to build a mini system for the classroom, and experiments for preschoolers!

Dr. Brandon Huber, Graduate of the NC State Controlled Environments Horticulture

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Pollinator Class

Discover why the world of flittering, fluttering, buzzing, and crawling pollinators is critical to our everyday lives.

Build science inquiry skills around pollinator identification and behavior. Learn how to raise painted lady butterflies and any other caterpillar you might find. Embrace the joy (and not the fear) of these winged wonders.

Liz Driscoll, 4-H Specialist, Crop and Soil Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Horticultural Science – Grow for it!

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Scrap Gardening and Botanical Sciences

Teach children to make bath bombs, chapstick, and more botanical self-care products.

Liz Driscoll4-H Specialist, Crop and Soil Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Horticultural Science – Grow for it!

Cover slide Botanical Self-Care

Tips and Tricks for Gardening with Children

Specific tips for working with young children in the garden.

Marie Hitt, Growing up Healthy, Project Manager, Orange County Partnership for Young Children

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Veggie Gardening 101

An introduction to vegetable gardening at early childcare centers. Learn how to select a garden site, what is easy to grow, when to plant.
Dr. Lucy Bradley is an Extension Specialist in Consumer and Community Horticulture at NC State University. She directs the NC Extension Master Gardener Program.

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Vermicomposting

How to start vermicomposting:  what worms species to work with, what a healthy worm bin looks like, and the value of vermicomposting.

Rhonda Sherman, NC State Extension Solid Waste Specialist (vermicomposting, composting, recycling)

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Additional Resources

Health and Safety of Gardening in Childcare Centers

NC Farm to Preschool Network
Reviewed and approved by
NC Children’s Environmental Health
January 2021

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Farm to Preschool Toolkit

Growing Minds: Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

 Farm to preschool toolkit - open book
NC Poison Control

Home Page for Poison Control- Plants Page