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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Nature Action Collaborative for Children. She presents regionally, nation- ally, and internationally on topics related to nature education. Marla is now a stay-at-home mom, planting flower and vegetable gardens at home with her husband and three daughters in northwest Indiana. Currently she is working to coordinate a raised-bed garden project at their elementary school. Karen’s daughters are both in college, and she is a professor still teaching landscape horticulture at Southern Illinois University. Her interests in sustainable landscape practices, urban agriculture, and children have led her to explore gardening projects on the ground, on walls, and on rooftops. She continues to emphasize the value of stewardship of the earth and the positive human response in supporting that concept as we plan and live our lives. As we have moved on, so has the rest of the world. As we looked ahead toward this new edition, we wanted it to reflect the many changes we have seen over the past decade, including concerns that children are becoming alienated from nature, that they do not play outside enough, and that child- hood obesity is becoming an epidemic. We also wanted to reflect a wider range of gardens. In our first edition, we told our own story. In this edition, we share stories from other people with different gardening challenges. We share ideas for people who live in limited space or in urban areas. And we showcase some of the great projects we have found around the country. We also provide more information for those working with infants and toddlers, because often these youngest children are left inside. They also need to be involved in gardening. Most of all, we want to inspire teachers and family members to involve their children in gardening. Pick up a shovel or go buy a pot and some potting soil. Grab a packet of seeds and start planting. There is wealth to be found in the soil. x • Preface COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL