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North Dakota Junior Master Gardener Program

The North Dakota State University Extension Service supports gardening projects for youth.

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The NDSU Extension Service is committed to healthy, active children.

Our North Dakota Junior Master Gardener Program provides funds and educational materials for gardening projects across the state.This program supports the education of thousands of children in 30 or more counties every year.

Our projects beautify parks and schools, grow food for the needy, establish raised beds for senior citizens, develop educational plots at schools, and construct memorials to honor fallen soldiers, among other projects.

We partner with a broad range of youth organizations including youth clubs, schools, libraries, churches and care centers.

Kids Need Gardening

Kids in North Dakota need our support. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

  • 92% of children in ND do not eat enough vegetables for a healthy diet.
  • 78% of children in ND do not get enough physical activity.

Poor diets and lack of physical activity contribute to excessive weight. These kids become more susceptible to infectious diseases such as colds and flu, as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes and some cancers. Kids with poor diets have reduced mental development, which leads to reduced performance in school and reduced job opportunities in the future.

Gardening programs may benefit youth by improving their diets and health, stimulating their skills in science, increasing their awareness and care of the environment, and serving their community.  

More Information

Please contact NDSU Extension Service educators Tom Kalb, Dean Aakre or Todd Weinmann.   

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