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Posted on 15 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables and Grow Them Too

Photo Credit: Children's vegetable garden by NOWCastLA used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Children’s vegetable garden by NOWCastLA used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Many parents face that daunting task of getting their kids to eat.

Unfortunately, kids seem to be hot wired into eating everything that is bad for them.

Pizza, hamburgers and fries fill many American kids’ plate during lunchtime.

When they get home, their taste buds are geared for that same junk and with kids’ schedules and parents’ work responsibilities the evening meal ends up coming from the restaurant you pass on the way home instead of the garden.

But what can one do when faced with such obstacles and how do you get the kids involved in their own meals?

Below are some solutions to this challenging task. While not all will work with every family, it is worth the effort to get back to nature, homemade family meals, and eating what one reaps.

• What’s for dinner? Is a question that every parent has heard but instead of turning it into a sigh change it into a teaching moment. Offer what the meat or protein source of the day will be and then go to the Farmers Market together. Allow your child to pick the produce that will go with the protein source. Encourage them to try something they have never had.

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Posted on 05 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

LA Unified School District Garden Program in Danger

By Vanessa Richins

It all comes down to money.

Administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School district find themselves with a $460-million budget deficit, which will likely mean increasing class sizes and discontinuing programs.

One of the threatened projects is their blossoming urban garden educational program.

It was started years ago when a man named Mud Baron started volunteering in the district. Years later the district was able to hire him and others as garden instructors.

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Posted on 07 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Book Review: Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work – By Mel Bartholomew

Square Foot Gardending - UrbanGardenCasual.comBy Reggie Solomon

Square foot gardening is the ultimate urban gardening solution!

I stumbled upon this book at the Yale Bookstore this afternoon, and it has changed the way I will forever approach urban gardening.

The Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew who also once hosted a similarly-titled television series on public television, is built around gardening in a 4′ x 4′ square subdivided into a grid of sixteen 1′ squares. Mel’s system, which can be organized via a raised bed or at ground-level, incorporates an ingenious vertical trellising design to accommodate vining vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash and melons.


The square-foot gardening system is ideal for the urban gardener because it’s suited for small spaces, maximizes growing space by eliminating wasted space between rows, and accommodates vertical growing.

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Posted on 17 March 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Attend a Local Urban Gardening Workshop

By Reggie Solomon

Attending a local gardening workshop is a great way to prepare for the summer gardening season and get tips from other urban gardeners in your area.

Though it tried its darndest, the 10-inches of fresh snow didn’t stop me and my gardening buddy from attending a gardening workshop hosted by the New Haven Ecology Project [NHEP] at Common Ground High School, a local charter school that sits atop a 20-acre farm. Winter Urban Garden: Reggie Solomon

Surprisingly given the wintry conditions, the workshop drew a solid crowd of 25-30 people. The assortment of urban dwellers in attendance included – young people, older people, renters, homeowners, and a vibrantly-dressed group of Muslim women. You could feel the immense energy everyone was waiting to channel into their gardens resting beneath the snow.

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