Gardening Resources:

NW Maritime Garden Guide – Our go-to for gardening questions in the PNW! Great information about planting, growing and harvesting all kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Includes calendars and tips!

Steve Solomon’s Gardening in the PNW and Gardening When it Counts

Swanson’s Nursery Plan and Prep your garden Guide

Seattle Urban Farm Company’s Spring Gardening with Kids 

Encyclopedia Botanica Podcast – Podcast about a variety of gardening topics

Slow Food USA – Slow Food sessions to watch and learn at home 

Where to find seeds? Uprising Seeds, MyGarden, Bellingham Community Food Co-op and Skagit Valley Food Coop are all great options


Kids Garden Activities: 

Common Threads YouTube Channel – visit to view book readings by some of our Food Educators, an activity led by Food Educator Hannah in the garden, and a fun song written by Food Educator Grace!

Pea Trellis Activity – Food Educator Hannah walks you through the steps to make a pea trellis at home, including pictures of the different steps

DIY Flower Press – Food Educator Hannah shows how you can make a craft out of pressed flowers that you find in your yard or on walks in the neighborhood

Painted Garden Rocks – Some of our food educators have been painting garden rocks – and you can too! For even more fun, try hiding them around your neighborhood for others to find.

Kids Garden Yoga – Food Educator Abby loves to pretend to get into yoga poses based on things she finds in the garden.

Mud Brick Engineering 

Find a Rainbow activity – Find red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple items in your yard or on a walk! Remember the rule of 10 (you can take ONE if there are TEN) and two handed picking techniques!

We know there are a lot of resources out there – but if you’re still looking for more, here is a great resource roundup of websites with school-gardening themed activities. Also…

  • Edible School Yard has great weekly gardening and nutrition activities posted on their site
  • Life Lab is one of the programs that we at Common Threads look up to.  Their store has all sorts of great books and resources for garden-based learning and the Life Lab You Tube Channel has lots of lessons that your kids could watch (with or without you!)
  • Pure Food Kids facebook page is hosting live cook alongs, sugar investigations, PFK workshops on their page weekly!


Recipe Resources:

Don’t forget about all of our recipes on our website!

Great resource for pantry staple recipes. And another one!

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Homemade veggie broth + Bullion Cubes By Food Educator Abby

Chickpea Noodle Soup By Food Educator Abby


Other Resources:

CATCH Health at Home

Food Corps video lessons

Berkely Unified School District – gardening & cooking resources for kids at home

Check back again for more resources as we continue to add them!