Community Chats

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Whether you're new to gardening or a seasoned educator, you don't have to take on the challenges of gardening with kids alone. Community Chats are the perfect place to build connections with a community to share, inspire, and support you!

Join these hour-long live Zoom sessions to chat with Kids Garden Community members and topic specialists. 


  • Each Chat will focus on a broad theme with educators and practitioners available to answer your questions. We'll have topic specialists available to answer questions but all attendees are encouraged to share their ideas!

  • Think of these as “office hours” — join for the entire session to listen and learn or hop on at your convenience to ask a question.


Upcoming Community Chats

Winter Gardening with Kids
Wednesday, November 16th 3:00-4:00PM EST

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View Past Community Chats

Discussion threads for each Chat include a link to the recording and a list of resources that were shared. If you'd like to connect with anyone from a Chat, look them up in the member directory, send us an email (community@kidsgardening.org), or reply to the discussion thread.

Composting

October 26, 2022

A few things we talked about: choosing between different composting systems, vermicomposting, easy activities, funding for composting, and more!

View the recording and resources

Virtual Meetup: Non-school Youth Garden Programs 

September 28, 2022

We talked about challenges for these programs, ideas for successful programming ideas, creating curriculum, and some big questions!

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Fundraising for Youth Gardening 

August 24, 2022

A few things we talked about: sponsorships, short and long term volunteers, fundraiser ideas, creative sources of funds and materials, and more!

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Pollinators! 

June 22, 2022

A few things we talked about: objectives of pollinator gardens, pollinator-friendly planting, addressing bug-phobia, pollinator activities for kids, and more!

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Summer Garden Maintenance 

May 18, 2022

A few things we talked about: who is responsible for summer maintenance, weed control, efficient watering tips, involving youth during the summer, low maintenance crops and more!

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Planting Considerations for Youth Gardens 

February 16, 2022

A few things we talked about: extension agents, planting dates, planting wildflowers, tips for seed spacing with kids, soil health, and more!

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Garden Layout 

January 12, 2022

A few things we talked about: accessible gardening, creating an outdoor learning space, options for shade, sourcing materials, and more!

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Fundraising for Youth Gardening 

December 8, 2021

A few things we talked about: funding personnel, tips for getting started with fundraising, securing local donations, crowdfunding, funding non-school garden programs, and more!

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Creating a Learning Garden 

October 6, 2021

A few things we talked about: cultivating buy-in, easy introductory activities, engaging students during cold winter months, tips for getting started with a greenhouse, creating gardens for kids of all abilities and more!

View the recording and resources