Hi! Everyone is invited to join our 8/15 Community Chat on starting a youth garden! This is an informal Zoom meetup where Community members can ask questions and share advice and support each other.
This Community Chat is perfect for anyone who is just getting started and for those who have started gardens before and can lend some advice. We can chat about gathering support, fundraising, garden design, setting goals, and anything else you'd like to discuss. From those new to gardening to seasoned educators, everyone is welcome!
If you can't make the Chat, feel free to drop your questions in the registration or here in this thread!
Register for this Chat (8/15 at 3PM ET)
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We had a great Community Chat yesterday - this Community never disappoints! Thank you to everyone who joined and shared SO MANY ideas. The recording of the Chat is attached to this thread (if you're reading this in your email, you may need to log in to view it). Time stamps and resources that were shared are also included below. If you have more questions about starting a youth garden, let us know!
Time Stamps16:20 - Steps to prepare to start a youth garden and key people to involve in planning30:30 - Tips for restarting/rebuilding a garden and youth program38:50 - Ideas for local community partners49:30 - Ideas for composting in a small space and involving kids55:30 - Advice on starting plants from seeds or purchasing starts
Resources from the Chat:
Library of garden-related funding opportunities here in the Kids Garden Community
School Garden Support Organization Network (there are some great resources here for starting a school garden and getting admin/district support and buy-in)
Landscape Design for Youth Gardens e-Course (online asynchronous course from KidsGardening that's great for anyone just getting started)
Lesson Plan: Design an Accessible Garden
Composting resources from KidsGardening:
Composting with Kids webinar
Composting lesson plan
DIY worm compost bin
Groups to involve as community partners:
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Eagle Scouts/Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
County Cooperative Extension Office
"Wisdom holders" - knowledgeable gardeners in your area
Local farmers' market associations
Local garden clubs
Any local orgs that are focused on hunger-related issues
Libraries (could have seed banks, host plant swaps, offer tools)
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