School gardens are nothing new. The first recorded school garden program in Europe was in 1811 and the first of the American school gardens was in 1891. Victory gardens in the United States School Garden Army (USSGA) became popular during WWI. The goal was to incorporate an agriculture curriculum into public school education. At that time, the schools grew relief gardens during the Great Depression and they were used to raise the spirits of the local citizens and nourish the students and their families. During WWII, victory gardens were popular again. The green revolutions of the 1970s and … [Read more...] about Growing Up in the Garden
A few properly placed shrubs and trees can significantly cut winter winds – and home energy costs.Wind affects the temperature inside your home by pushing the air you’re paying to heat out of cracks and openings in your home — a process called air infiltration. Sealing those cracks inside your house can help, but so can trees and shrubs outside the house.Dense evergreens planted on the north or northwest side of your home can help slow and deflect these winds. An understory of densely-branched shrubs can help to fill any gaps. The U.S. Department of Energy says that just three properly … [Read more...] about Fight March Winds with Windbreaks
Many people enjoy looking at plants and flowers and find it relaxing to dig in the dirt. But research and a growing number of horticulture therapy programs are showing that gardening holds serious healing power. Trained and certified therapists, including members of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), help clients treat physical and psychological conditions including PTSD, addiction, and dementia through gardening. According to the AHTA website, “Horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In … [Read more...] about The Therapeutic Power of Plants
During the Victorian era, people conveyed their feelings on Valentine’s Day through the different meanings of flowers. Nothing conveys warm feelings like cut flowers, especially roses. However, their beauty doesn’t last forever. For a lasting gift consider giving the gift of a plant!A quick look at the meanings of other flowers will introduce many more associated with love. The choice of a Valentine's gift that expresses your feelings is up to you!Winter honeysuckle symbolizes devotion — what could be a better Valentine's Day gift?The camellia, with the meaning, “I am longing for you,” is a … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day is upon us, and love is in the air!
1.5.2021 NICH Meeting Minutes, 2.2.2021 NICH Meeting Minutes,3.2.2021 NICH Meeting Minutes, 4.6.21 NICH_Meeting Minutes, 5.4.21 NICH Meeting Minutes,6.1.21 NICH Meeting Minutes, … [Read more...] about 2021 NICH Meeting Minutes
It is hard to believe 2020 has ended. We had an incredible year filled with lasting partnerships, new members and hope for the future. NICH has grown by leaps and bounds as we aggressively and successfully pursued the goals and tactics outlined in our two-year organizational plan. To communicate the NICH mission and vision to our stakeholders we launched NICH social media in February 2020. Our Facebook and Instagram are populated with graphics, articles, and video encouraging use of plants, consumer horticulture services, and science that support consumer horticulture. As of December 2020, … [Read more...] about 2020 National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture Annual Report