1,000 Garden Lessons

Join us to celebrate our 1,000 hands-on garden lesson.

We are excited to have our 1,000 hands-on garden lesson taught at our first school garden.  “We started at State Road five years ago and now we have raised beds, a hoop house, and a permaculture area,” says Jamie O’Neill. “We appreciate our sponsors, donors, grant funders and community members who make our programs possible through volunteering, participating, and financially contributing.   Together we are making our community a healthier place to live.”

GROW La Crosse has helped to build and maintain 12,000 square feet of garden space at State Road Elementary, Hamilton & SOTA I Elementary, Spence Elementary and Hintgen Elementary. These gardens help incorporate fresh produce into cafeteria, offer hands-on garden education sessions, connect garden-based science lessons to the curriculum and collaborate with after-school and recess programs.

What:  1,000 Lesson – Grow La Crosse

Event Date: Thursday, May 10th

Time: 9 a.m.

Where: State Road Elementary School, 3900 Pammel Creek Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601.  Gather at the outdoor classroom located on the east side of the building near the hoop house.


Pollinator Patch Program

The Pollinator’s Patch Project is an after school program through GROW La Crosse that will provide older elementary students with an opportunity to participate in a project-based, environmental program with a focus on native pollinators and their habitats.  For this project, we are partnering with an after-school Running/Biking club at State Road Elementary and the Robotics Clubs at Hamilton and SOTA I.

We are halfway through our Pollinator Patch Program and we have made loads of progress and had tons of fun!  So far in our program days we’ve learned about pollinators’ role in our food supply, played pollinator games, and designed pollinator homes.  Each has helped deepen our understanding of what healthy pollinator populations can do to improve local ecosystems.

We have started installing some of the homes.  Check it out.

Pollinator Patch Club

Getting in the spring spirit?  Check out these events as well.

Hillview’s Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12
10-2PM at Hillview Urban Agricultural Center – 624 Vine Street, La Crosse
Thank you to everyone who supported our Plant Sale in the past. We are switching gears and doing a new fundraiser this year (details to be released soon). In the meantime, if you’re looking for some great, local plants, check out Hillview’s Plant Sale this weekend. More.

Community Input Time
Wednesday, May 16
5:30-7PM at Hamilton/SOTA I LMC
We are going to build an edible schoolyard in the front of Hamilton/SOTA I school. More.

La Crosse Reads Program – Teaching Resilience through School Gardens

Sunday, May 20th at 3pm
Location: Grow Hamilton Garden, 807 Johnson Street.
Take a tour of a local school garden.  Grow La Crosse will touch on important ways to keep children in the resilience conversation.  This will touch on ideas for storm water conservation, reducing risks to pollinators and local soil and food efforts.