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2016 Consumer or Commercial Horticulture

2016 State Winner

Square Foot Gardening Lunch and Learn For Richland County Employees

North Dakota State University Extension Service

Todd Weinmann

Richland County Health approached Extension and expressed the need for someone to educate county employees for a Lunch/Learn with raised bed gardens. Two community friendly raised bed gardens were purchased with grant funds and set up in front of the Courthouse entrance for a “hands on” demonstration conducted by Todd Weinmann and Brock Shouldis, Extension Agents. Shouldis taught the process of placement of a raised bed garden, proper fertilization, soil tilth, and the correct way and amount of water to be used in a raised bed garden.

The goal was to teach the employees about the real potential of having one of these gardens at homes for their own consumption. Todd Weinmann, provided hands-on training to employees and provided for the possibility to learn and apply what they learned for their own locally grown food that their families can enjoy.

A total of 34 county employees participated. Of the completed pre and post surveys returned, the following impacts were noted:

  • 100% indicated they ate the vegetables that they grow.
  • 1% indicated they attempted raised bed gardening.
  • 16% indicated they attempted square foot gardening.
  • 61% learned the correct watering techniques.
  • 10% changed their fertilizing practices to use fertilizer more efficiently.

Because of the interest with this topic we will continue to provide education on this topic into 2016. A Power Point presentation was made outlining the impacts of this program and was presented at the Extension Fall Conference Trainings.

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