Tag Archives: school garden


Funding School Garden Programs for long term success. By Jeffery Raska, Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Dallas County Many times, I am asked by school groups at the initial planning meeting, “Can I do this or can we build that’’ and my answer is always the same, sure we can ‘’ it only takes money and knowhow!!” I am amazed that some of the best initially funded schools obtain funding to start a garden, but do not have an ongoing budget planned to… Read More →

Getting a school garden blooming (The Garden Committee)

By:   Jeff Raska, Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development,  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension  Dallas County Texas                jwraska@ag.tamu.edu A school vegetable garden can be a wonderful outdoor classroom for studying natural science or just hanging out writing a story. Having worked on and off with school gardens for 25 years I have seen many great school garden programs bloom and fade as time passes and school priorities change. For the last 7 years, I have had the privilege of working with school gardens as a 4-H Program Assistant for Dallas… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2015

School IPM, Staff Member Receive Excellence Awards for 2015 By Rob Williams The Texas School Integrated Pest Management Program received the AgriLife Extension Service’s Superior Service Award in the Team category during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on January 6. The team consists of Dr. Blake Bennett, AgriLife Extension economist-management, Dallas; Wizzie Brown, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Travis County; Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension program specialist, entomology, Dallas; Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension program specialist, entomology, San Antonio; Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist, Dallas; Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife… Read More →

Bexar County efforts get urban kids ‘rooted’ in science, agriculture

“Okay, what’s the difference between a butterfly and a moth?” asked Natalie Cervantes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service youth gardens coordinator for Bexar County, during her recent “Butterflies of the World” presentation to fourth-grade students at Wilshire Elementary School in San Antonio. “Today I’m telling the kids about butterflies and insects and their role in the environment as pollinators,” Cervantes said. “We’re concentrating on native Texas butterflies because those are the ones they’re most likely to see.” Cervantes was at Wilshire as part of AgriLife Extension’s Youth Gardens… Read More →

School Pest News VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3

USDA FATTENS OBESITY BATTLE WITH $5 MILLION GRANT TO TEXAS PARTNERS The use of family-focused gardening in the fight against childhood obesity may become a growing trend with a near $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to a Texas higher education partnership. The project, “Texas Grow! Eat! Go!,” will involve horticulturists, nutritionists, physical activity experts and public health leaders from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. “We want to test the impact of several Extension programs on behaviors… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 10, Issue 1

EPA HONORS CARROLLTON FARMERS BRANCH ISD Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District has been honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools National Excellence Award for its exemplary efforts to improve IAQ for students, teachers and staff. Nearly 20 percent of Americans, or about 60 million people, spend their days inside 132,000 elementary and secondary school facilities. Poor IAQ in these buildings can diminish concentration in the classroom; affect student and staff health and attendance; and ultimately affect performance. Poor IAQ… Read More →