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Community and School Gardens

first_imgA recent survey found there were more than 360 community and school gardens across the state. With that many Georgians gardening, there are bound to be questions about picking the right crops, identifying insects and improving garden soil. To that end, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is expanding its already existing community and school garden outreach efforts. Becky Griffin, who has a long history of working with urban agriculture in metro Atlanta, was recently appointed UGA Extension community and school garden coordinator. She will lead a committee of Extension professionals enthusiastic about these types of gardens. “Over the years, we’ve developed many resources for gardeners and groups working to develop community and school gardens, but there was no coordinated effort,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Becky’s new role will be to help us coordinate our efforts and speak with one voice on this subject to ultimately have greater impact and be of larger service. This will keep us from re-inventing the wheel at each new garden site and improve our public outreach as new challenges and opportunities come to light.” The new community and school garden committee kicked off efforts by putting on this summer’s school garden teacher trainings. Griffin worked with UGA horticulture professor and school garden advocate David Knauft to organize trainings for north Georgia teachers to help them maximize the use of their school gardens in the classroom. The workshops were designed for beginning gardeners and focused on building healthy soil, pest management and garden planning. The trainings also provided advice for developing lesson plans that use school gardens to teach Georgia Performance Standards. “I have a garden at my school, but I want to be able to integrate it more into my lesson plans,” said Karrie Churchwell, a sixth-grade teacher at Duluth Adventist Christian School, who was one of about 100 teachers attending the school garden trainings this summer. “This was really helpful in terms of learning what to grow, so you can maximize the use of the garden during the school year.” More teacher trainings are planned for summer 2016 as well as more advanced trainings for teachers who are already comfortable in their gardens, Griffin said. In addition to helping teachers make the most their school gardens, UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H are teaming up to use school gardens to help students learn about life sciences, agriculture and the importance of service. Georgia 4-H programs in several schools will be presenting programs centered on school vegetable gardens. Fifth-grade students will learn pest identification skills, explore food preservation methods and discover how to properly read a seed packet. These students will not only learn about the living world, but they will also become valuable assets to their school gardens. Griffin’s community and school garden committee will work closely with UGA Extension agents to help them meet the needs of school and community organizers across the state. Currently, Griffin is working with stakeholders to develop a directory of resources. “One of our next projects is to assess the resources that are already in place throughout the state to help community and school gardeners,” said Griffin. “We will promote those resources and create materials that we find are lacking.” Future projects include the encouragement and promotion of pollinator gardens or plots. The statewide pollinator protection plan, “Protecting Georgia’s Pollinators,” by a team of Georgia agricultural experts from UGA and the state Department of Agriculture, was released earlier this year. As a result, pollinator gardens are being looked at as a great asset. The committee also plans on expanding the use of technology to broadcast relevant information. The UGA Extension community gardening blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening informs the public on garden issues as well as upcoming classes and events. The UGA school garden resource site at extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/ provides teachers with information on basic gardening and lesson plans for Georgia classrooms. There are plans to expand these resources and to add similar programs.last_img read more

Listen to their voices

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you hear voices?I’m talking about the voices of your members and your team. Well, do you hear them? If you don’t, you might be making decisions based on other factors, which could negatively impact your member experience.I spend a lot of time flying Southwest Airlines, and I always look forward to reading the monthly article that CEO Gary Kelly writes. Recently, Kelly spoke excitedly of the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. He started by talking about his continual commitment to improve reliability and hospitality. With the MAX 8 planes, Kelly says, “The new customer experience is sweet!”We’re not running an airline, but aren’t we focused on ensuring our member experience is sweet? Sure we are. We’re seeking out and hiring the best and brightest employees. We’re remodeling or building modern branches, adding technology, and incorporating video tellers.last_img read more

Rudisha, Van Niekerk to join Bolt at JN Racers Grand Prix

first_imgAndre Lowe, Sports Editor  David Rudisha, world record holder in the 800m and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will join 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt as headliners for this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix.  Kenyan star Rudisha, a two-time Olympic and world champion in the two-lap event holds the current mark after his 1:40.91 run on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Rudisha also won gold at the Rio 2016 Games as well as gold medals at the Beijing and Daegu World Championships in 2015 and 2011 respectively.  World champion Van Niekerk produced what is regarded by many as the best athletics performance at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a record-breaking 43.03 run in the 400m final and will be making his second trip to the island for the meet as part of a South African group that also includes fast-rising sprinter Akani Simbine, a 100m finalist in Rio.  Simbine has already gone sub-10 seconds and sub-20 seconds this season with efforts of 9.93 and 19.95in the 100m and 200m recently. In fact, both times were registered on the same day at a South African meet.  Rudisha and Van Niekerk will join Bolt as the main draw for a meet that has already established itself as a leading event in the region.  This year’s JN Racers Grand Prix, which is set for the National Stadium on June 10, will be used to celebrate the career of the retiring Bolt with several features, such as a farewell 100m set to be announced by organisers today.  A number of other top named athletes are also expected to be confirmed but local stars such as Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole are said to be among those already booked.  Meet organiser and president and head coach of the Racers Track Club Glen Mills a few weeks ago underlined plans to focus on a wider range of top level competitors at the meet. “We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined at a recent meeting.last_img read more

Urteaga meets with seniors at center, to dismay of opponents

first_imgMONTEBELLO – There might be no better place to meet with voters than their polling place, and that’s exactly what Robert Urteaga did Wednesday night at the Senior Villas. Urteaga, one of six candidates running for two seats on the Montebello City Council, held a “coffee klatch” with some of the 200 seniors who live at the facility. Some of Urteaga’s opponents were unhappy with the setting of the event. “The property is not only a polling place, but it’s leased from the city,” said incumbent Bob Bagwell, who is running against Urteaga. “Everyone should have been invited to speak.” “There are no prohibitions related to this sort of activity,” said spokeswoman Marcia Ventura. “Other than on Election Day.” The Montebello Senior Villas is one of four senior housing developments in the city. The property itself was built by TELACU and is owned by Hank Attina, a developer who is backing the recall of City Councilman Jeff Siccama. Attina did not return a call seeking comment. Siccama is not up for re-election. Besides Urteaga and Bagwell, the field includes incumbent Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid, former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar, Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. The off-year election is scheduled for Nov. 6. Bagwell said Thursday he was concerned that low voter turnout coupled with solid support for Urteaga from within the Montebello Senior Villas could sway the election. Montebello has about 61,000 residents and about 20,000 registered voters. Voter turnout could be as low as 4,000 or 5,000, Bagwell said. “It could change the election,” Bagwell said. “Because we’re probably looking at a small turnout. These voters could sway an election and separate the winners from the losers.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But, Urteaga, 32, defended the campaign stop, and claims his opponents are slinging mud in an election he’s said he’s “100 percent sure to win.” “I got to speak to 100 seniors who live there and are on board with me,” Urteaga said. “Yes, it is a polling place, but I don’t find it as a conflict.” Urteaga said if the meeting poses a problem to other candidates he would back any effort to monitor the polls at the Senior Villas. “If we need to bring some extra poll watchers so there’s assurances there’s nothing illegal, I would back that,” he said. “I don’t want there to be a perception of something that it’s not.” A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk’s Office said meeting with voters at the place where they vote is perfectly legal – except on Election Day. last_img read more