7.9.2024 Summer Enrichment in the Gardens • Limited Farm Camp Openings • Free Range Support

Summer Enrichment Fun in the Gardens

This summer, we are working with the School District of La Crosse to provide students with summer enrichment opportunities in the school gardens.

During our “Cooking Fun in the GROW Garden” classes, students have the opportunity to pick produce directly from the garden and use it to create their own fresh, healthy, and delicious snacks. Students also have the chance to explore the garden, learning how to tend to it in the process. 

By the end of their classes, students have a better understanding of how to read and follow recipes, and they all go home with their own handmade cookbooks that are filled with the recipes they created throughout the week.

Students who have already taken the class this summer have had lots of fun learning how to make new recipes, testing out what flavors work and what flavors don’t by combining different herbs, fruits, and veggies in their snacks, and exploring the garden with the new friends they’ve made through the class.

Follow this link to register your 2nd – 8th grader for a memorable Summer on the Farm experience.  There are only a few openings left!

Garden Yoga & Pollinator Workshops
There are so many different ways you can get involved in school gardens.  Did you know we are partnering with Palm & Pine Yoga this summer?  You can sign up through their website to join a Saturday morning garden yoga class at the Spence Elementary School garden.  Once the yoga is done participants stay and spend time together helping to maintain the garden.  

We are also hosting Pollinator Workshops this summer. These community events offer an opportunity to learn more about native pollinator plants while helping to establish or enhance the pollinator patches at each of the school gardens.  Follow us on social media or check out our website for more details. 

Find the sign up links for all of the school garden volunteer opportunities on our website.
Free Range Thank You

As a non profit organization, we are extremely grateful for all of our sponsorships and partners and we are excited to be newly partnered with Free Range Exchange! Free Range Exchange is a local coffee shop in Hokah, MN and Downtown La Crosse that offers delicious pastries, food, drinks, and more. They use only the best ingredients and are “dedicated to providing healthy foods in which the customer can be certain it has been grown or raised naturally.”

Their mission to use locally grown and ethically raised ingredients resonates strongly with our mission to connect local youth to healthy food and nature through hands-on garden experience. We love including children in the process of growing their own healthy foods and Free Range Exchange is a great example showing so many ways to use locally grown ingredients to make amazing food. Thank you Free Range Exchange for supporting GROW’s hands-on garden-based learning this year! 

Make a positive impact – support garden-based learning!