LOCAL FOODS: Childcare Center Production Gardens is a series of resource publications released by the NC Cooperative Extension's Local Foods Program. The series was produced by NLI in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension and covers establishing a childcare garden, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables in both warm and cool seasons, and composting techniques.
The Advocates for Health in Action newsletter highlights the successes of the Farm to Childcare program in Wake County at Childcare Network #61, a POD-Wake Demonstration site. They've reduced the canned vegetables and fruit they use by more than half and saved money but using produce from Farm to Childcare and from the center gardens. Parents see the outdoor gardens as a selling point and the children gain hands on experience with the growing cycle.
Beginning and Beyond,a POD-Wake Demonstration Childcare Center teamed up with Carla Delcambre, Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Julie Sherk, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University for their summer seminars: LAR 457: Construction, Materials and Methods and LAR 582 Planting Design Workshop. Beginning and Beyond has focused on renovating their Outdoor Learning Environment based on best practices through the POD-Wake project, supported by the John Rex Endowment.
Thursday, May 14, was the Keller Williams RED day, a day for all of their staff to offer service to the communities where they live in honor of the founder's birthday. This year Wake County Smart Start coordinated at least 80 volunteers who provided volunteer effort to all 8 POD-Wake Demonstration Childcare Centers. Natural Learning Initiative Staff joined the fun, helping to direct the planting of trees and shrubs and further renovations to the Outdoor Learning Environments at these sites. Learn more in this News and Observer article about the day.
The 8th Annual Growing IN Place Symposium was held March 5, 2015 at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. This years theme, Green Neighborhood Assets: Streets, Houses, Schools, Parks, Food, addressed planning and design policies that support the need for an urban public realm designed to support culturally diverse, socially stimulating, healthy lifestyles. Visit the Growing IN Place page to access the recorded presentations from the event.
This year's ECPAI will be held June 1 - 3 at the Mables Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. Join Be Active Kids and Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books in this physical activity training for childcare providers, preschool teachers, and others who interact with large gropus of young children on a regular basis. Registration opens April 15 and is limited to 15 participants. Find more informaiton here.
OPENspace, the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, hosts Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco for a public lecture, March 11, 2015. This free, public lecture, will offer intergenerational design strategies for engaging children with nature in cities. Robin Moore is the Geddes Visiting Fellow at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.