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This summer, the Urban Gardening Coalition is hosting after-school summer garden club at North Waco Elementary and Crest View Elementary Schools.  We’ve been focusing our lessons on the USDA’s Choose My Plate Campaign - raising awareness amongst the kiddos that at meal time, at least half of our plates should be filled with nutritious, delicious fruits and vegetables.  Last week we focused on fruit, eating apple-grape-melon-strawberry fruit-kabobs.  (Shish-ka-bob is a new favorite word of many of our garden club students).  This week we’re focusing on vegetables, encouraging students to play with their food and creating vegetable art in the shape of silly faces and frilly flowers.  See some examples above of our students’ vegetable artwork at Crest View Elementary on June 19th – and some photos of their awesome garden barn and area!

Thanks to Kourtney Schopper, the Urban Gardening Coalition officially has a logo!  View below to see our official seal (the fancy-dancy one in color) and our basic logo (the black-and-white).

Below is a great list of resources for learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.  As suggested by Coalition-member Linda Lewis.

Three books for general reference:  The Strength to Love, Where Do We Go From Here:  From Chaos to Community and America During the King Years.

National service day website:

Songs/Videos: Martin, St. Martin  by Terry Collier Why? The King of Love is Dead by Nina Simone
Stevie Wonder’s Happy BirthDay song For Dr. King Sister Rosa  Neville Brothers

Join the Urban Gardening Coalition for the first of its Foxfire Friday Workshops.   Friday, December 3 – at 5pm, we’ll be making soap with goat-lady Jessica Bullock.  Jessica will be leading the group making one batch of soap (which takes about 2-2 1/2 hours).  Participants will learn hands-on how to make soap their own homes.  Soap takes 4-6 weeks to cure – so if you plan on making soap as Christmas gifts for loved ones, consider sending them a lovely IOU.  However, Jess will have soap available and discounted for your purchasing pleasure.

FYI:  We’ll be handling lye, which is a harmful substance until the chemical reactions finish occurring in the soap so  1) BYO kitchen gloves and safety goggles if possible. Everyone will have to wear them.   2) Wear closed toe shoes and long sleeves.

Location:  Hope Fellowship (1721 Sanger Ave.)

Please RSVP your attendance to Bethel Erickson (

Here and There Interactive Art Show – hosted by Waco Arts Initiative and Project (254). 10:00am – 3:00pm. Common Grounds – 1123 S. 8th St. Support sustainability through the arts by making art and helping fundraiser for three local and three global organizations (including the Urban Gardening Coalition). Don’t miss out on the art auction, community mural, screen printing and portrait stations that will help benefit innovative economy in your neighborhood and around the world. Stick around for music by Ethan Durelle at 7 pm. Suggested donation $2, $4, $5.

For a flyer, click here: Here and There Interactive Art Show.


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