We are glad you are here! This page serves to help foster interest in growing, sustainability and nature. If your child's interest was sparked by a garden lesson or farm experience we hope these resources will allow you to make more connections to healthy food and nature.
Composting is a sustainability practice that not only keeps waste out of landfills it can also create nutrient rich soil for your own growing. Students learn about the many benefits of composting during garden lessons. If you are interested in learning more follow this link to a website with many tips about composting benefits and different ways, both big and small, that you can compost in your home.
Hillview Urban Agriculture Center (Hillview is now known as GROW) started a vermicompost project using food scraps from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and worms to make Vermigold, a nutrient rich compost material. As Hillview was a small nonprofit, they were not able to expand larger and pick up food scraps at other places. Now, Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service, INC is taking the food scraps from UW-L, Festival and other area businesses.
Hilltopper takes the food scraps to Green Earth (or Dummer’s) in Holmen to turn food scraps into a rich compost material similar to the Vermigold sold by Hillview.
Many have contacted GROW to find out where to get Vermigold to start their growing season. Community members can purchase the compost material produced at Green Earth at two local nurseries: Trees Today & Christian Nursery. Gardeners love this natural compost for organic food to regenerate soil nutrients. GROW uses this compost to fuel school gardens.
Microgreens are not Sprouts.
Sprouts are germinated seeds grown in water and are ready to eat in about 48 hours. When eaten, sprouts include the seed,
roots, and immature leaves. Our microgreens are grown in a soil media for 7–14 days, depending on the variety, and are harvested when the first true leaves start to grow. Only leaves and stems are consumed. Microgreens can be purchased by the flat or harvested as needed to be sold in a clam container. Rinse microgreens before consumption.
Microgreens are highly nutritious!
Microgreens can be grown from most varieties of herb and
vegetable seeds. Since microgreens are infant versions of the
plant, they are packed full of the same vitamins and minerals as
their adult counterpart but in a smaller package. Microgreens are
loaded with vitamins C, E, and K, along with beta-carotene (a
pre-cursor to vitamin A) which provide many health benefits.
Microgreens pack a punch of flavor.
Microgreens provide an intense flavor of their respective
vegetable or herb variety and can be used in any way imaginable
to add flavor and color to your meal:
- Mix them into your salad for flavor boost
- Top your meat or pasta
- Make into a super green smoothie
- Add to breakfast or lunch sandwiches
- They are also beautiful in wraps, sushi, or stir fry
These activity worksheets can be used anytime. The compost sheet will help practice and learn which items can be composted. The GROW scavenger hunt is a great way to spend time outside while looking for different elements. Make this a fun family walk. See if you can find all of the items on the list!
GROW interns and garden educators have created videos to help encourage trying new healthy foods and nature activities. Enjoy!