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Why I Want to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America

American children are being fed processed, nutrient-poor food that leaves them starving and obese at the same time.  Our food system is destroying their growing bodies and minds. With an estimated $63.5 trillion in total private wealth, America is more wealthy than any other country in the world. Yet our children are bearing the burden […]


Garden Educator Spotlight: Charity Grimes Bauman, Chicago

Behind every great Learning Garden is a great garden educator training teachers, delivering curriculum, arranging resources, and teaching kids the ins and outs of growing and tasting their own food.  Each spring and again each fall, garden educator calendars suddenly fill up with kick offs, plantings, and harvests when months of careful preparation pay off […]

Sawyer Garden Team  

Food Is Love

We get excited about the ways that Learning Gardens can help students learn about real food: where it comes from, how it grows, what it tastes like, and how it impacts their health. But we also hope that Learning Gardens help students discover that real food—nutritious, delicious food—is love. Real food is love from the […]


Donor Spotlight: Sustane Natural Fertilizer

At Big Green, we are lucky to work with incredible businesses to make our Learning Gardens the best possible place for gaining a hands on, real food education for thousands of students.  We are proud to count Sustane Natural Fertilizer amongst our supporters.   This school year, Sustane made a generous contribution of 3 tons of […]


Winter Workshop Resources

Fall has settled in, temperatures have dipped, and the end of the growing season is just around the corner. Yet, several (exciting!) Learning Garden opportunities remain, including harvesting fall crops, preparing delicious recipes, and planting garlic in anticipation of next spring. Check out our resources below for guidance with winding down the growing season and […]