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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 […]


Student Spotlight: Julency Myrtil, Bolton High School

“I wanted a garden to show people how much potential we have at this school.” A little over a year ago, Julency Myrtil’s father was diagnosed with diabetes. This got the Shelby County high school senior thinking more and more about the importance of a healthy diet.  Her school, Bolton High School, is located in […]


Thankful for You! A Fall Fun Recap

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Memphis office is reflecting on all we are thankful for this fall season! With 13 new schools kicked off (we’re now up to 98 Learning Gardens in the city – sometimes even we can’t believe it!) we relied more than ever on our wonderful Garden Teams with a bit of […]


Guest Post: How a Learning Garden Helped Us Become One of America’s Healthiest Schools

Today, we are pleased to turn our blog over to guest poster and passionate Memphis teacher, Kyle Kuusisto, of Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.  Maxine Smith, a Big Green Learning Garden school, has been named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. America’s Healthiest Schools are identified as those “which are […]


Kicking Off our Second Year of Garden Bites

Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, Garden Bites, our nutrition and health curriculum for Learning Garden students, co-authored with our partner Common Threads, is back in schools across the country and our second year is already shaping up to be even bigger and better than the first! We are excited to be expanding […]