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Giving Thanks to our Partners

As we approach the end of this year and most schools have finished their fall harvests, we wanted to take a moment to thank several of our key partners who have helped us provide excellent materials for the schools we work with! Johnny’s Selected Seeds is an employee owned seed company dedicated to helping families, […]


Ask a Farmer – Preserving Harvests

Dear Farmer Tim, we just finished up our growing season, and I am wondering how people used to eat vegetables throughout the winter? What are the best ways for me to preserve my garden harvests through the winter? Thanks, Summer Preserves _______________________      Great question Summer,      Some crops will spoil if they’re not preserved, and others will actually […]


Eating Fall Harvests

With the growing season ending for many gardeners, we are savoring our final harvests. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for fall harvests: Apple Pecan Arugula Salad: This salad combines the bite of fresh arugula with the sweetness of crisp fall apples to create the perfect fall salad. Be creative by mixing and matching other Learning Garden fall greens like kale […]


Garden Educator Highlight: Katherine Jernigan

Big Green Chicago Garden Educators take on the role of helping with the maintenance and curriculum involved in the Learning Gardens throughout the city. I sat down with a Big Green Garden Educator Katherine Jernigan to hear about the progress happening in the Learning Gardens. Listen to our conversation or read the transcript! Natalie: Hello […]


Partner Spotlight: Pampered Chef

Big Green is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Pampered Chef, a beloved kitchenware brand that offers high-quality tools through its network of 40,000 cooking consultants. Pampered Chef is generously providing Big Green schools with Kitchen Kits as a part of their limited-time Classroom Kitchen campaigns. Kitchen Kits give schools the tools they need […]