The Garden 'N Grow Program is a program for youth ages 9 - 13 and is sponsored and conducted by the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. This educational program blends positive youth development and academic learning with horticulture training and community service.
Students will plan, plant, and maintain their own garden plots. Guided by trained Master Gardeners, the development of the whole child is emphasized with a focus on team work.
- The Three Sisters - Students learn about companion planting
- Seed or Weed - Differentiating between crops and weeds
- Shine On! - Understanding the process of photosynthesis
- It's A Plot! - Designing a vegetable garden to scale
- Hot or Not? - An in-depth look at sweet and hot peppers
This 10 week course will be held at 3 locations beginning the first week in June 2013. Classes are conducted 2 days per week on Monday and Thursday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. (20 sessions) Cost: $45 per student includes workbook, T-shirt and vegetables grown.
Fairview Christian Church
1800 NE 65th Street
Gladstone, MO 64118
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
5409 NW 72nd St
Kansas City, MO 64151
18th & Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64108
Download and print the Garden 'N Grow Flyer and Registration Form (pdf).
Eating from the Garden (EFTG) is a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and gardening program for second, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Eating from the Garden provides research-based information through nutrition and gardening activities to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by tasting fruits and vegetables grown in their gardens or locally from their area grocer. The program also improves nutritional habits by understanding My Plate, learning important nutrients and habits for healthy eating, and learning basic food safety and food handling practices. The students learn basic plant science concepts through their own outdoor vegetable garden. They grow two seasons of cool-season crops each school year and the children and teachers/program partners are involved in planting, maintaining and harvesting their produce from the garden.
In Kansas City, the 13-lesson curriculum is taught by teachers, program partners and volunteers. Many of the Nutrition Garden Volunteers come from the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Program. The next training opportunity to become a Nutrition Garden Volunteer is August 27 & 28, 2012. Contact Molly Fusselman at firstname.lastname@example.org to get an application.
To find out more about the program, visit the Eating from the Garden website at http://missourifamilies.org/eatfromgarden/ . If you would like to order the curriculum, it is available for purchase ($80) on the MU Extension webpage at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/N755.