Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Windows into Nature: Fairy Houses for Teachers and Educators

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Teachers and educators, join E.A.T. South and environmental educator Renee Simmons Raney for an afternoon of activities to engage students in the natural world.

While children are fully engaged with building a fairy house they are stimulated in many ways – creating, observing, collecting, exercising, communicating and imagining – all while having lots of fun. Learning flows easily as students use their imaginations to create micro-habitats for tiny magical beings who inhabit farms and forests. They begin to notice the tiny creatures that creep and crawl. They discern the many shades of greens and browns. Touching lichens, mosses, and other botanicals brings a deeper connection to their environment and a comfortable fearlessness in nature.

Thirty year environmental education veteran, Renee Simmons Raney, will use her newly released educational handbook from NewSouth Books, Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities, to teach unique and award winning techniques that connect nature to STEM and STEAM. This workshop has received recognition from the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance, WildSouth, and Oxford University.

"Renee's fairy house workshops have inspired an enormous variety of activities in our school, including nature walks, artwork, writing,creative drama, collecting, researching, reading, writing, math and science activities, and best of all, cooperating! I am still hearing fairy house stories every day from teachers, parents, and students."   - Media Specialist  (Cleburne County AL)

"We implemented Renee's fairy house workshop skills in our fifth grade outdoor classroom. During this time students built, enhanced, created, wrote letters to the fairies, and more. We noticed an increase in their concentration skills, decrease in ADHD, and overall grades improved. We would recommend this workshop to all teachers and educators who enjoy creative learning." - Fifth Grade Teacher (Calhoun County AL)

Teachers can receive CE credit for participating in this workshop. The fee for the workshop is $15, and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

E.A.T. South is an urban teaching farm that engages our local community by gathering around, learning about and growing food. We empower people to change the way food travels from the ground to our plates.

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Windows into Nature: Fairy Houses for Children and Families

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Join E.A.T. South and environmental educator and author Renee Simmons Raney as we explore the natural world through fairy houses.

Building fairy houses gives children, ages 7-107,  an opportunity to balance their play time away from the world of technology. A daily dose of nature will improve attention, focus, and memory. Nature also has a healing power, improving children’s cognitive development. Creative play in nature nurtures language and collaborative skills, awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Creative nature play helps to instill a sense of place and connectivity through observation.Renee says, “Fairy houses are excellent tools for increasing observation skills. Thinking on a small scale inspires children to look at everything more closely, whether it is a leaf, a flower, or a bug. Instead of looking at the forest or farm as a whole, they begin to see all the diverse components that make up the floor, the canopy, and the creatures that inhabit it. There is a whole new world waiting in the woods and the garden! ”

Copies of Renee’s book Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $20 per family and can be purchased through Eventbrite or E.A.T. South's Facebook page.

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Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

First Saturday Community Project

Plant Flowers and Help Us Give the Farm a Spring Cleaning

Plant Flowers and Help Us Give the Farm a Spring Cleaning

Join us April 1 and help beautify the downtown farm. We'll do a little weeding, plant some flowers, move some dirt and pick up a little trash that finds it way onto the farm from the park above. Questions? Want to bring a group? Email farmer@eatsouth.org.

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Mar
29
3:30 PM15:30

Build a Rain Barrel

Learn about water conservation while building a rain barrel. Our friends at Coosa RiverKeeper and the U.S. Green Building Council - Alabama will be teaching us how to turn old barrels into rain water saving devices. Everyone will have an opportunity for hands-on experience with rain barrel construction, and we will have a few barrels that people will get to take home. Make sure to register for this event. It's free, but we need to know you're coming. Register here

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Feb
18
12:00 PM12:00

OPEN HOUSE

We've rescheduled our Open House for Feb 18 immediately following the Farm in the City Workshop. Drop by the Downtown Farm between 12 and 2 for good food, farm tours, games and crafts and more fun on the farm. Learn how you can get more involved and find out what we're growing in 2017.

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Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

First Saturday Community Project

Learn about Tower Gardens Saturday, February 4, 8 - 10.

Learn about Tower Gardens Saturday, February 4, 8 - 10.

This Saturday, we're planting the tower garden with our neighbor and guest Lynn Henry. Lynn grows salad greens and basil in her tower garden year round. We'll also clean and organize the greenhouse and learn how to start plants from seeds. Community Projects are free and open to all ages. Join us!

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Jan
21
12:00 PM12:00

Farm in the City: Tool Talk for All

Farm in the City 2017 offers skills and information you need to grow food in your backyard, driveway, or balcony. For our first workshop of the year, we'll dust off our garden tools for a hands-on workshop on tool maintenance and sharpening (and we'll probably drink hot cider, too). Learn how to sharpen your hoe, keep rust at bay, and stop your pitchfork handle from splitting. Find out what an hori hori looks like. Bring your own tools or practice on ours. Great for middle schoolers and up. 

Sponsored by Baptist Health

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Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

VegOut!

Do your New Years resolutions include healthier eating? Kick off 2017 with VegOut, a free, monthly potluck focused on plant-based foods. The food is delicious, and the participants will happily share their plant-based recipes with you. Join us!

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Veg Out!

Veg Out is a monthly plant-based pot luck dinner held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Downtown Farm located in the rear parking lot of the Montgomery Advertiser.

*Time: March - September at 7pm & October - February 6pm.

Everyone is welcome! Please bring a dish to share and then grub out on the many delicious plant based dishes brought by your fellow Montgomery veggie lovers.

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Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

First Saturday Work Party

Join E.A.T. South for farm fun on the first Saturday of every month, rain or shine. We'll work on a farm project like weeding, irrigation, or chicken care, and maybe eat some snacks. First Saturday Work Parties are great ways to learn about urban farming, build your gardening skills and observe how the farm changes throughout the year.

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Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Ghouls and Garlic

Learn about all about garlic, garlic lore and local folklore at E.A.T. South's October workshop. Halloween is the time to plant your garlic, and the pungent crop is associated with protection against spirits as well as vampires. We'll learn about garlic in the garden, plant some, taste some, and our neighbors at NewSouth Books will bring us ghostly tales collected by folklorist Katherine Tucker Windham from Montgomery and beyond. Bring kids, bring neighbors, and celebrate the season with us! Sponsored by Baptist Health.

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Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Fall into Gardening

E.A.T. South's first fall workshop will explore what you can grow in the garden now as well as tips and tools to give your spring garden a boost. We'll cover fall vegetable crops, cover crops to feed your soil, bed preparation and more. A donation of $5 - $10 is requested but no one will be turned away. Space is limited. Email farmer@eatsouth.org to hold your space. Sponsored by

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