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Hi AHA Administrator,
Thanks for your important work and the updates. As the owner/operator of FANS of Play - - I did watch the White House garden videos and I do admire the First Lady's work with Let's Move. However, I have been concerned with the questionable ADA accessibility of the White House garden. I do not want to post anything public and would appreciate your advice and guidance on how I may address this important issue. Sincerely, Dennis Smiddle
  • Posted Thu 13 Oct 2016 04:36 PM CDT
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Good Morning I wanted to share our images with you that are from our visit to the White House Kitchen Garden in 2013.    Bianca Aniski
  • Posted Mon 06 Feb 2017 09:29 AM CST
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Hi Dennis!
Thank you for the important work that you are doing! We visited the White House garden last spring and it appears as though it is mostly accessible. There were some narrower paths and stepping stones, but for the most part it is accessible. Is there something that you noticed that made it non-compliant?
  • Posted Fri 14 Oct 2016 03:06 PM CDT
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Yes, the low height of the raised beds.
  • Posted Fri 03 Feb 2017 05:21 PM CST
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I'd like more information about the blogging opportunities that were posted today. I have run an elementary school garden for the past three years. It is almost 3/4 acre and engages students in grades k-5. I would love to have the opportunity to share some of the joys and sorrows of teaching in the garden! Thanks for the opportunity. Trish Dantzic
  • Posted Sat 07 Jan 2017 08:30 AM CST
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I hope your Spring is going well. I have 30 kids beginning our 6th year in our garden. we meet after school weekly until school lets out in May. the weather hasn't cooperated here as well awe hoped. It was balmy in February now in March not so much! We have seedlings started inside and have done some indoor activities. I editted and Apples to Apples game and added vegetables and insect cards of my own. They have to pick the adjectives to fit the veg/insect. The best wins a lady bug sticker on their name tag. It makes a great fun and learning station!
  • Posted Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:32 AM CDT
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I would like to hear about your joys & sorrows of teaching in the garden, as well as gardening tips. My new home, I would love to start my garden looking like a botanical garden. My goal is to hear as much information pertaining to gardening
  • Posted Tue 17 Jan 2017 03:56 PM CST
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I'd be happy to write about either topic but will choose "What to do with a garden Program in winter." I look forward to receiving more information. My email is Thanks!
  • Posted Mon 09 Jan 2017 07:40 PM CST
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I'm interested in sharing a blog post about my school garden in winter. Please send details.
  • Posted Thu 12 Jan 2017 09:42 AM CST
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Wonderful! I added you as a "connection". Please "accept" and then I can add you as a blogger. I will send you the blog info and guidelines via your email. Take a look and let me know if you have any questions and when you think you can post. It would be great if you could do it by week end or the first of February. Let me know which date will work for you. Thanks so much!
  • Posted Mon 16 Jan 2017 11:20 AM CST
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NEA Grants? Is website corrupted?
  • Posted Mon 16 Jan 2017 08:48 PM CST
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Can you send me a screen shot or url that you are looking at? Is it in the Garden Chat or Resource tab? I can't find what you are talking about. Thanks for letting us know.
  • Posted Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:13 AM CST
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Thanks for sharing the White House garden photos. It is a beautiful and important garden. Unfortunately, the raised beds do not look accessible (24"H) and the pathways do not look ADA accessible either.  Higher raised beds provide better growing and comply with ADA.  It is not difficult and FANS of Play can demonstrate building a better way. Build for a better yield and a better way for the ADA.  Thank you, Dennis Smiddle -724-825-5121
  • Posted Mon 06 Feb 2017 09:41 AM CST
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Hi Dennis! 
Are you interested in creating a blog post that can explain to gardeners how to make their gardens ADA compliant. We don't make sales pitches, but we do provide explanations and resources. Let me know what you think. Happy Gardening!
  • Posted Mon 06 Feb 2017 07:44 PM CST
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Are there still blogging opportunities open? And are they specifically for gardening in educational settings? I moved to Connecticut from South Texas a few months ago, and will be digging into an entirely different climate here in the spring. (Already feel like I'm behind, as I would have planted already in my old home.) Am thinking of an exploration of how to learn about and cope with new zone, pests, rainfall, successful crops, etc. Please let me know! -- Karen Koerner
  • Posted Mon 06 Feb 2017 04:19 PM CST
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Sounds good! I look forward to receiving your connection request.
  • Posted Wed 08 Feb 2017 08:25 AM CST
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Hi Karen! That would be a great blog topic and we would love for you to share that. We have blogs for February, but this would be a great one for the beginning of March. I will send you a connection request. If you can accept that, then I can add you as a blogger. Once a gardener, always a gardener. You will have much better soil up there! Let me  know what you think. Happy Gardening!
  • Posted Mon 06 Feb 2017 07:41 PM CST
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Sure, that seems interesting, winter gardening
  • Posted Fri 17 Feb 2017 08:08 PM CST
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Would you like to write about that topic? If so, I can add you as a connection. When you accept that connection, I will give you blog access and send blog guidelines. Also, let me know when you think that you could have it ready to go.
Happy Saturday!
  • Posted Sat 18 Feb 2017 09:01 AM CST
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Although Spring seems to be fastly approaching, I"m thinking that winter gardening should be very adventourous!!!!!!!!

Happy Sunday
  • Posted Sun 19 Feb 2017 02:37 PM CST
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Hi AHA Administrator:

This is our school's ECO CLUB - . We have completed many service learning projects and ecology projects.
  • Posted Tue 18 Jul 2017 07:59 AM CDT
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Wow! We love this! Would you be interested in writing a blog about your club and the work that you do? I think it could inspire others. Thanks for your work! It is so very important. Let me know what you think and I can share the details on how to write one. Happy Gardening!
  • Posted Tue 18 Jul 2017 11:07 AM CDT
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