On May 10th, GoSprouts had the distinct honor of speaking at our local TED conference: TEDxNavesink at Two River Theater. The amazing team from TEDxNavesink pulled together a fantastic agenda for this year’s event with the theme of PLAY. Please check out our presentation as well as the other speakers; we were certainly in great(…)
by Nancy Burton We are underway! Our garden started in early April 2014 after being awarded the Whole Foods Whole Kids Gardening Foundation Grant. We were able to purchase all of our lumbar and soil. Volunteers constructed our beds and filled them with soil. I volunteered and planted seeds with all of the students one(…)
On Sunday, June 1st, we’ll be part of a Craft Market in Atlantic Highlands. We’ll have some herb infused olive oils for sale (trust us, they’re delicious!) with all proceeds benefitting the Tiger Patch. Of course, there will all kinds of other cool arts & crafts so come on down & enjoy the day. In addition(…)
Mary Ann Bourbeau, Two River Times wrote “Laurie Brekke, the cofounder of GoSprouts.org, also is on the bill. Along with organization cofounder Hope Hanlon, they created a learning garden at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School three years ago.” Read the full article here
We were thrilled to be mentioned in a recent article by the TriCity News as an example of how micro-organizing can lead to other great ideas. Here’s a quote from the article: “Take what’s happening up in Atlantic Highlands, a town this newspaper has long spotlighted for its potential and progressive community. As demonstrated at(…)
by Stacie Carter “Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth In 2010, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon sat amongst a group of women, one of whom dreamed of starting a garden. Being mothers of young children, they loved the idea of getting their daughters’ thumbs green while also helping a friend. They reached out(…)
We are so honored to have been chosen to speak at our local TEDx event on May 10th! Our little learning garden has been going strong since 2010 and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned from the experience with others. It’s going to be a great event and we’re looking forward to spreading the(…)
We’re all anxious for warmer weather to arrive and get outside to do something, anything! Well, it’s almost here. Tomorrow in fact. Our students will be planting seeds in each and every classroom so that in a few short weeks we can get outside and put them into the ground. Stay tuned for pictures of(…)
Early February 2014, the 4th grade students worked with Stevie Thorsen, from the American Littoral Society, to plant individual sea grass in cups. The seedlings will be transplant to the Sea Bright and Sandy Hook NJ beaches to help protect the beaches from erosion. Mrs. Thorsen gave a fantastic presentation and the students learned about(…)
Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, co-founders of GoSprouts.org, proposed the creation of a learning garden to Atlantic Highlands Elementary School in 2010. After many “huh?’s”, their program, now more than three years old, has educators fighting for weekly spots on the calendar. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed discovering connections between their current curriculum and health, nature and sustainability; they also gained a deep sense of teamwork, accomplishment, empowerment and civic responsibility - simply by weaving hands-on-learning into an outdoor setting. As members of the Navesink Garden Club, they recently won two distinguished Junior Gardener awards from the Garden Club of NJ in recognition of their devotion & success to this program. They are mothers of young daughters and enjoy merging their previous corporate & personal skills and passions into these well-deserving programs for children.
GoSprouts.org is a 501c3 non-profit organization.