"Gardens are a lot like people,” Marilyn Simmons told Now Magazines. “As they grow and mature, they come into their own.” Marilyn and her daughter Donelle, owners of Garden Inspirations, have their own unique plot. “A Radio Flyer wagon is home to an assortment of flowers and trailing potato vines and an herb garden is flourishing in a nonfunctioning barbecue grill.”
At their farm, the two work to show pupils how to plant their own beds with pesticide-free veggies, which blossom into sources of personal pride. The full schedule of classes includes introductory courses on overcoming the gamut of challenges that aspiring gardeners face, such as inhospitable soil, lack of time, and accidentally planting their car keys. Knowledgeable about diverse garden types—including rooftop, field, and aquaponic—the instructors impart their wisdom on the best kind of garden for each grower’s individual needs, as well as which vegetable varieties grow most readily in North Texas and how to plant them. When not brewing compost tea or working beneath trellises tangled in emerald wisps, the crew does a radio show which talks about how to obtain baskets of naturally grown peaches, cucumbers, and squash.
Most Popular Service: CHL and basic-pistol course
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
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The founder of North American Girls' Shooting Solutions is an NRA-certified firearms instructor. She and her staff aim to empower women, bestowing on them the knowledge that allows them to feel safer in their home environments. This manifests in courses that range from CPR and First Aid to pistol and rifle classes. In addition to familiarizing her students with the proper use of these weapons, she also helps both men and women qualify to apply for concealed-handgun licenses.
Signature service: K-8 Reading, Writing, and Math Tutoring
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Tutoring is offered both in-person and online. Discounts are applied for multiple weekly sessions.
Jack W. Griffith takes his students and expertise to local gun ranges.
Handgun rentals are available for students who don't have their own firearm of at least .32 caliber.
Jack W. Griffith isn't new to handguns?or their training, for that matter. When not working as a personal protection officer, Griffith teaches others about handguns. He has been a concealed-handgun instructor since 1995.
On Aquaponics and Earth’s sustainable farm, tilapia pools teeming with fish come up against rows of organic plants, which they hydrate via the farm’s energy-efficient growing and waste-recycling system. Founders and aqua-farmers John and Teresa Musser began experimenting with high-yield aquaponics in response to the crushing poverty they saw abroad and invented much of the equipment and methods they use in the search for a sustainable, affordable system they could share with the world. The Mussers have worked around the globe in orphanages and small villages since 1979 but began shifting their focus to infrastructure and education work to bring easy-to-learn agricultural techniques to impoverished areas.
The Mussers maintain their DeSoto farm not only to grow food, but to act as an educational resource for people who want to observe their methods and build their own aquaponics systems. Their organic microfarm, populated by rabbits, goats, microcows, and vermicomposting bins, harvests hundreds of pounds of produce each year on minimal substrate. Inspired by their frantic efforts one year to absorb a surplus of produce, the Mussers lead regular canning classes where students learn the proper ways to can seasonal veggies, meats, and blown kisses.
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center employs a battalion of highly trained tutors who help students succeed both at school and in standardized testing. The academic evaluation, consisting of exams performed in a simulated classroom environment, yields a comprehensive collection of data that tutors use to design a custom learning program and a personalized, in-class obstacle course.