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I love every part of the process–planning, planting, tending, even the weeding! Of course, the best part is the harvesting. Maybe it’s because I grew up skipping through the aisles of my grandparents’ greenhouses and learning to cook freshly-picked veggies in my nonna’s kitchen. I guess it’s in my blood! No, this isn’t a blog about gardening or cooking–it’s about teaching reading and writing and about the crazy, passionate life of literacy teachers! 

But I can’t help but see the parallels. What I love about teaching, both children and teachers, is being part of the growth process–watching ideas sprout, take root, grow to maturity, and even multiply. I guess it’s no coincidence that when I started this blog years ago, “growing readers, cultivating writers, empowering teachers” became a fitting tagline. Now in 2020, I am bringing on two more master gardeners–Christy and Jenna. We invite you to play in the dirt with us, sometimes get a little muddy, but mostly grow some really beautiful things together!

Annemarie Johnson, Founder 

Annemarie Johnson
Christy Patriarca
Jenna Furr

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