4.7.2022 Thanks to Linda, Spring Lessons Begin, Farm Camp Update & Spring Plant Sale Save the Date

Spring Garden Lessons Have Begun

The grey skies and chilly air couldn’t keep us out of the gardens. This week students began the growing season in their school gardens. We will continue with the lesson theme, Being Plant Scientists, as we Explore the Gardens From the Bottom Up.
Many Thanks to Linda Vale
This growing season will feel very different from many recent years at GROW.  Ms. Linda has been an energetic, positive force behind all of the work done in our organization since she joined the GROW Team in 2017.  As she is steps into a new adventure we want to express our appreciation for the time, knowledge and talent she has devoted so passionately to school garden education over the years. We already miss her dearly, but are very excited for her future plans.  If you see her around town be sure to express your gratitude and well wishes! 
Greenhouse Field Trips
We were able to host over 250 learners during the first month of our greenhouse field trip pilot period.  While at the greenhouse students were able to:
•  Learn about the high tech greenhouse systems.
•  Use a recycled can to plant spiderwort in compost (can and compost donated by Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service Inc).
•  Learn about hydroponic growing and taste lettuce grown and harvested in our own hydroponic system.
•  Tour and interact with simulators in the Western Technical College horticulture and agribusiness programs.

We will pause greenhouse field trips while we focus on outdoor garden lessons.  Field trips will resume in late fall 2022!
Save The Date

Our Spring Plant Sale is coming soon. 
Mark May 14 and 15th on your calendars!
Farm Camp Update

You all set a new record by filling our GROW Summer on the Farm camps at Deep Roots Community Farm within 30 seconds of registration opening through the School District of La Crosse.  If you missed a spot in these camps we’re opening two more August weeks through the GROW website – we’ll share details soon! 
Kids Cooking Challenge Winners
Thank you to all participants

We want to say a big thank you to all the young chefs who participated in our Spring Kids Cooking Challenge! If you missed the results click the image below. 
This event has become a community favorite. 
However, to continue to offer the Kids Cooking Challenge in a way that is accessible to all we need support. A donation amount of $15 covers the cost of one set of mystery ingredients.
Your donation will help keep the Kids Cooking Challenge event running!
Click here to sponsor a young chef.