School Gardens are flourishing!

Hamilton Elementary School is back in session and recess lessons have begun. We are very excited to have our other schools back soon. The gardens are all looking green and ready to harvest soon!

State Road hoop house

Hintgen Garden

Spence Garden

Hamilton New Garden Lot

Intern Spotlight

Tamara Anderson was an intern for us this past spring, and we are so grateful to have had her on our team again for the summer!

Here is her story with Grow:

“I graduated from Onalaska High school and didn’t know what I wanted to go to school for, nor did I have the help I needed to attend college. I worked in various roles at a retail store and turned down an opportunity to go to college. At the time, I not only drastically changed my diet, but realized how powerful real food is for the body. This led me to want to help others and I enrolled myself into the Dietetics program at Viterbo University. Currently, I’m a senior in the program. Although I am exploring all options of my career field, I love working with kids, so I will perhaps find a career path that allows me to work with them. Because kids and food are my two passions, I decided to take advantage of the GROW internship. I joined GROW in the spring of 2018, and continued through the summer, where I created a lesson plan around things I’ve learned in college. My favorite thing about interning this summer was seeing that light bulb go off in the kids. We did a mindful eating taste test which allowed me to present different fruits and vegetables in a unique way. Every day I taught, I heard lots of students say that they now liked a fruit or vegetable that they previously thought they didn’t. That change in perception is everything to me and gives me the motivation to continue working with students.” 

Intern with Grow this fall!

Are you interested in joining the Grow Team or do you know anyone that might be? Join us in the garden this upcoming semester!

We are still looking for two more School Nutrition/Garden Coordinator Interns as well as a Marketing Intern.

In return for our interns hard work, they are able to gain live experience in the school nutrition and gardening areas.  Garden Education interns help teach children, maintain gardens and coordinate volunteers. This is typically an 80-90 hour internship for the semester. Some of the time is completed during the school day for garden lessons and garden maintenance and other time is completed at the discretion of the intern on various projects and computer work.

Marketing interns help market and communicate our programs through our website, blog, social media, newsletters and more.

Anyone who is interested may contact Kristy at

Fall Picnic on the Farm

We will not be hosting Fall Festival on the Farm this year due to our new event, Growing Generosity. However, we would still like to have everyone out on the farm to celebrate the beautiful Grow Community! Bring your own meal and join us at the farm. This is a free event, but we would appreciate advanced sign up. Register here.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 23rd

TIME: 4pm – 6pm

WHERE: Deep Roots Community Farm, 4406 County Rd YY, La Crosse WI 54601