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Ask an Expert: Gardening Programs for Kids

Todd Weinmann, M.S., Extension Agent, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County

My kids don’t eat enough vegetables. I have heard that gardening can help, so I would like to get my child involved in gardening. Are there any programs in North Dakota that teach kids about gardening?”

Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat vegetables. They also develop healthful eating habits that they’ll follow throughout their lives.

The NDSU Extension Service offers the Junior Master Gardener Program. It provides grants and educational materials for youth groups interested in starting a gardening project. Possibilities include establishing a school garden, arboretum or conservation planting; building raised garden beds for senior citizens; growing vegetables and donating them to local food pantries; constructing memorials to honor fallen soldiers; and doing beautification projects at schools and parks or along
streets.

The grants can be used to buy gardening supplies, such as hand tools, soil, seed, plants and containers, as well as Junior Master Gardener or other gardening books and other educational supplies.

Visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/jrmastergardener for more information.

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