D.S. Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody-body! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel or spending time with her kids, you'll find her in her organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms. When she's not knee-deep in dirt or her imagination, D.S. Venetta contributes gardening advice for various websites and schools. It’s a busy life to be sure, but at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses (or rosemary!) and be kind to Mother Earth then she's done all right.
Jamal Livingston is stressed out. His community garden is in jeopardy of closure, because volunteers are squabbling and an angry neighbor is threatening to have the garden shut down completely. The students of Beacon Academy won’t stand for it. If the neighbors won’t volunteer to work the garden, then they will. It’s the moment Jamal learns the true power of community outreach. Will they succeed?
Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when Principal Gordon enlists their help to establish a school garden at Beacon Academy. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project, but quickly learn how challenging it can be to work with others toward a common goal. Not only must they teach their fellow students how to garden, Lexi and Jason feel the p