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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 […]


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 […]


Educator Spotlight: Tom Hakim, Assistant Principal, Cold Spring School

The dictionary defines a teacher as “one whose occupation is to instruct,” which, with all due respect to the good folks at Merriam-Webster, barely scratches the surface of what it means to teach. In our experience, true educators are best defined as mentors and leaders who display passion, dedication, intelligence, and care.  They work tirelessly […]


Donor Spotlight: Andrea Ridder, Colorado

Indianapolis native and long-time Colorado resident, Andrea Ridder is a real food entrepreneur, Big Green Associate Board member, donor, and soon to be Learning Garden parent.   She’s an ardent supporter of this organization, so we recently sat down with her to learn a little more about why she chooses to support our work. Big Green:  […]


Giving Thanks to You!

Dear Learning Garden Supporters, As fall harvests come to an end and we begin to shift into the winter season, Big Green would like to take a moment to reflect on the year and give thanks to everyone who helped make it all possible. We have so much gratitude for our wonderful supporters who came […]