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Posted on 07 May 2013 by

A Mother’s Day Gift the Keeps on Giving – Making Blooming Bracelets

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Photo Credit: Custom Pretty Cool Color Washi Tape by Cute Tape used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When my children were young, we used to walk to preschool.

As we walked, we would review the letter of the week, colors and simple math.

On the way home, we would discuss what they learned in school and stop for snack at our local pizza parlor.

But when spring came, our routine changed. We still continued to review what was learned in school but we also started observing nature.

As luck would have it, my daughter was a flower collector. She could never pass up a patch of flowers and in doing so I was always caring home fists full of poesies. While the dandelions, clover, wild carrot and violets were beautiful, I always was looking for a different way of holding my daughter’s collection.

Then one day it came to me. Why not create wearable flower art that she could take with her to class. So Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 15 January 2013 by

Old-Time Gardening

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

No one really appreciates what an old-time gardener went through when it comes to garden preparation.

Especially, if one did not own a horse.

So this year, I have decided to teach this history to some of my young garnders.

This lesson is going to start with their holiday gift.

So way I went to the store. Not the clothing store but instead a non-traditional type of store for my holiday shopping. The store I refer to is what I call a feed and seed. Since I support my community businesses, I choose to go to my local feed and seed.

While there, I pick up some manpowered tools. A garden spade and garden fork along with some garden clogs are on my list of items to get. Along with these items, I get some gardening gloves and a hat to keep the sun out of their eyes. They will really need the gardening gloves and hat because this garden project is going to take some time.

My next stop is to my local discount store, where I pick up a journal for each one of my gardeners. We are going to document this process and hopefully this will be a record that they will share with their future family.

At this point, you may wonder what this gift is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 19 December 2011 by

From Backpacks to Garden Skills-Teaching a New Generation of Gardeners

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

During my time as a schoolteacher, I have seen and heard some horrid things.

Some things I stepped up and did something about it while others, I am ashamed to say, I did not.

I had hoped and prayed that someone else would step up and do the right thing but in this situation it never happened.

I live with my decision everyday and wonder if I could have really changed the course that this student was traveling but since I cannot turn back the hands of time I will never know. But…

This but always seems to pop up when I am faced with a dilemma so this year I have decided to face the dread but and do something about it. I have decided not to wait, hope and pray for change but instead make the change myself and this change is going to start in my community.

My community has suffered from economic downfall like many other communities far and wide. While this community has never really been rich, the past few years have really take a toll on the residents. More and more kids are on the free or reduced lunch program while others are flooding the already full backpack program. This program packs food in backpacks for kids to take on Friday and return on Monday. In many situations, this is all Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11 December 2011 by

From the Farm to Your Local Lunchroom Table

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As a child, growing up in rural Indiana, I was very aware of where my food came from.

My family always had a garden and what we did not grow we U-Picked.

By the end of the growing season, our freezer was full of beans, peaches, apples, blackberries, and peppers while the pantry was full of home-canned tomatoes, corn, and strawberry jam.

When I went to elementary school the story was the same. The cooks showed up when we did for school and cooked our meals from scratch. Homemade chicken and dumplings, angel biscuits, fresh green beans and applesauce cake for dessert was the norm not the exception when it came to our lunches.

Those who brought their lunch were not excluded from the fresh food. There was always free fruit in season available to everyone. While for some this may seem like a dream, I promise you it was not. It was just a rural community that supported the school with excess produce that turned into fresh meals.

These wonderful meals continued until I Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 July 2011 by

Gardeners and Scientists Unite

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was surfing on the Internet and found a wonderful program.

This program was called The Great Sunflower Project.

As I read the project, I thought how simple it was but, on the other hand, how important it was to mankind.

The site stated that every third bite of food was essentially created by a pollinator.

I thought how true and what can we do to protect our nation’s greatest food source. As I continued to read the site, the answer came to me in the blink of an eye and that was getting the public involved.

This is such an important step when it comes to Read the rest of this entry »

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