3.15.2022 Board Changes

Kids Cooking Challenge 

Registration is now open for our 4th Kids Cooking Challenge.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 20th!
Everyone wins when you combine great kids with fresh healthy produce. The Kids Cooking Challenge is offered to participants free of charge to ensure all youth who are interested are able to take part. You can help a young chef explore healthy ingredients by sponsoring a Kids Cooking Challenge participant. Just $15 provides mystery ingredients and a challenge to get creative in the kitchen!
Click Here to Sponsor a Young Chef.
GROW Executive Board Changes

GROW has been fortunate to have excellent leadership for the past 10 years.  That is not something we see changing in the near future, however the leadership has recently changed hands.  We want to recognize Jennifer Klein and Katie Wagoner for the years they have shared their time, talents and knowledge to help advance GROW’s mission and welcome new leaders to the executive board. 

Jennifer has offered many years of service and leadership to GROW. Jennifer joined the organization in the very early days and has been a part of growing, nurturing and leading it’s vision, work, board and staff ever since. She held the role of parent, volunteer, board member and for the past four+ years as board president. As she steps into new endeavors we want to express many heart felt thanks for all she has contributed over the many years.

Katie Wagoner has played an important role on the GROW board for the past four years. As a board member then followed by vice president, Katie has brought calm and consistent support and leadership to the organization. As a public and community health expert, Katie has been able to share important knowledge from her field as well as connect GROW with students who have been amazing GROW interns. We are grateful for all of Katie’s contributions as she steps into new endeavors.

As Jennifer and Katie step away we welcome Liza Ware as the new board of directors president and Esti Tierney as the new vice president.  Annie Berendes will remain the board treasurer and Sarah Pember will continue with her position as the secretary.  The combined and varied experience, knowledge and leadership abilities of this team will offer a strong beginning to GROW’s next ten years.

Follow this link to learn more about current board members.  We are looking to add new voices to the board.  If you or someone you know might be interested you can find more information on our website.
Thank You Compeer Financial

We would like to share a big thank you with Compeer Financial for their support of GROW through their Compeer Financial General Use Grants. These grants will directly impact the lives of 718,000 people and will touch 5.4 million lives. 24% of grants will support projects with a direct farmer impact; 26% will support agriculture education initiatives; and 32% address food insecurity.

The grant money we received is allowing us to pilot our greenhouse and farm field trips which compare urban agriculture and rural agriculture through hands-on experiences. We look forward to expanding our field trip programing by hosting more field trips in the future.  We appreciate Compeer for supporting and valuing the impact our programs have on the youth in our region.

Intern Spotlight

Meet our intern Eden Schneider!

My name is Eden Schneider, I grew up in a small town close to Green Bay called Wrightstown. I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Health and minor in Nutrition. I decided to pick GROW because I thought it was a great opportunity to contribute to the La Crosse region and give me some more experience with nutrition education. One goal I have as an intern while at GROW is to leave a positive impact and help students learn the importance of the health benefits growing and consuming produce has on their lives both mentally and physically. Lastly, my favorite fruit or vegetable is a banana.
Do you want to help connect youth to healthy food and nature?! Click here