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Nutrition Facts: Nuts

Go Nuts.

Eating a small handful of nuts several times a week can reduce your risk of heart attack and heart disease by up to 50%!  But keep in mind that nuts are high in good fats. So don’t just add nuts to your snack list or you might gain weight by adding good fats to the bad fats that are in most unhealthy snack foods.  Instead, replace unhealthy snacks with nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews or brazil nuts to reap the benefits of these nutrient-packed foods. Click here for more information…

Read in Under 60 seconds: Check out the nutritional facts of almost 100 different nuts at the USDA National Nutrient Database. Just type “nuts” into the Keyword(s) line and click submit.

TGC News: FAO’s new School Garden Teaching Toolkit!

FAO’s new Teaching Toolkit

The Food and Agriculture Organization has just released a new companion guide to the “Setting Up and Running a School Garden” manual, which features eight comprehensive, step-by-step lessons for teachers to implement in their class-gardens.

The lessons contain information on everything from garden planning and produce marketing to seed sowing and composting. Each lesson is divided into informative sections: teacher’s notes, objectives, technical content, lesson preparation, lesson activities, lesson follow-ups and guides all geared toward a hands-on learning experience.

The goal of the lessons is to try and “engage learners actively and encourage them to observe and experiment. The reflective element of experiential learning – monitoring, reporting, recording, reviewing, discussing, and listening to others – is built into the lessons.”

Above all, the lessons force students to consider the quality of their own diets, but they also enable the students to make healthy changes to their eating habits. This is a must-read for teachers who have or are considering starting a school garden. It will save hours of logistical planning and provide an excellent jumping-off point for teachers’ own lessons in gardening.

Learn more about the guide whose creed is…

“Tell me, and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember.
Involve me, and I will understand.”

Attributed to Confucius, 450 B.C.

Click here to see an online version of The Teaching Toolkit

or

Click here to download a PDF file of The Teaching Toolkit

FAO in Haiti: Donate a Fruit Tree

Fruit Trees for Haiti is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A donation of five dollars can purchase an avocado, mango, or other fruit tree seedling for a Haitian school. The donation also covers a small amount of fertilizer, as well as watering and weeding costs for the first year. FAO hopes this project will improve children’s health and help restore the country’s degraded environment.

Click here for more information.

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Book Corner: Water, Weed, and Wait

Are you interested in starting your own garden? Do you have students or children who would like to learn more about fruits and vegetables? The Growing Connection invites you to visit our Book Corner, a special section of the blog reserved for reading suggestions. We plan to post titles for all age groups, ranging from picture books to more advanced publications on issues like food security. If you have a favorite book about gardening or agriculture, please let us know!

Today’s Pick: Water, Weed, and Wait

This new picture book, written by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Halpin, will be released in August (8/10/2010). It follows the story of Miss Marigold, a teacher at Pepper Lane Elementary who works with her students to create a garden in their schoolyard. With help from the community, students harvest flowers and vegetables.