6.29.2021 Cooking & Art In the Garden

Cooking Fun In The Garden
Last week we were able to hold our first summer school class since before the pandemic started.  It felt so good to have children in the gardens, trying new fresh foods and learning together in nature.  The class titled, “Cooking Fun in the GROW Garden” explored many different flavor combinations using produce found right in the State Road School garden.  Students helped to harvest some of the items and prepare all of the ingredients that went into their creations.

We encourage you to try a fruit, vegetable or herb that is new to you this week.  If you aren’t sure where to start take a stroll through the Edible Schoolyard at Hamilton/SOTAI.  There are chokeberries, raspberries, serviceberries, red currants, pink currants, cherries and mint all ready to be harvested and enjoyed.  

You can also join us at any Open Garden to learn more about what is growing and take home anything that is ready to harvest.   
Open Garden Art Project and Holiday Break
Join us at the State Road or Hamilton/SOTAI school gardens on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  We will be painting garden markers together.  You can make colorful garden markers for the school gardens and to take home to add color and information to your own growing spaces. The gardens are producing so much.  You will also be able to harvest and take home your own garden goodie bag!  

Take note of the schedule changes due to the holiday.  We will have Open Garden Tuesday this week and Thursday the following week.  We will not have open garden on July 1st or July 6th.

Activity: “Garden Marker Art Project”
Tuesday, June 29th
4:30 – 6:30 pm
State Road & Hamilton/SOTAI Elementary School Gardens

Thursday, July 1st
No Open Garden – Holiday break

Tuesday, July 6th
No Open Garden – Holiday break

Thursday, July 8th
8:30 -10:30 am
North Woods International & Hintgen Elementary School Gardens
Activity: “Garden Marker Art Project”
Get your own garden passport to bring to the Open Garden events.  Your passport book along with GROW staff will help you complete garden “challenges.” You will get a GROW stamp of approval for every Open Garden “visit” or “challenge” you complete.  On September 10, 2021 bring your passport to the Great GROW Get Together at Pearl Street Brewery to get your own GROW t-shirt and entries into a GRAND PRIZE Drawing.  Earn one GRAND PRIZE entry for every stamp of approval in your passport!Each passport has a coupon for one GROW t-shirt and 2 adult tickets to the Great GROW Get Together to be redeemed on Sept. 10th, a $30 value for a cost of only $10 per passport!    

Go to for details.

All are welcome to the Open Garden events.  You do not have to have a passport to attend.  If you decide you’d like a passport they will be for sale at each Open Garden event throughout the summer.
Looking for Garden Volunteers

Are you looking for a safe activity for your family to do this summer?  We are looking for volunteers to help care for our school gardens.  No matter your gardening background or availability we have opportunities for you to get involved.  Go to our website to fill out the volunteer interest