Hintgen Elementary


Welcome to Hintgen Elementary School Garden!

Hintgen Elementary School is the newest school to Grow La Crosse! The Hintgen Urban Garden, or HUG for short,  will be designed over the winter months with input from the staff and the Hintgen Garden Committee. We plan to begin some installation this fall and the rest in early spring. Grow La Crosse will be offering a Taste Test lesson for grades K-5. In this Taste Test, students will be preparing and tasting lettuce wraps.

Help Hintgen fund their new garden by becoming a sponsor. Click here for more information.

Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to all of the Hintgen staff, family and friends who have attended the initial garden meetings with us. There are many ways to be involved in this exciting adventure. We will need volunteers for upcoming fundraisers, garden maintenance in the summer, and annual funding for the programming and maintenance. We appreciate any efforts you can contribute. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Kristy DuChateau at

Thank you school garden sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor


Hintgen PTO



Cleary-Kumm Foundation

The Rock Foundation

Gary & Val DuChateau

John, Terri & Jack Pedace


Kori and Ben Salaski - Grandma Schyndel - Anne’s Aunt

Meet the Program Director

Kristy DuChateau will be our Program Director at Hintgen Urban Garden (H.U.G.). Kristy comes with a strong passion to connect children to healthy foods and to nature. In her previous role as a Farm to School educator, she recognized the big disconnect for people with their food source and how it gets onto our plates. Her mission in life is to bridge that gap, especially for the youth, so they understand the process of growing food. Kristy's past year was spent working to help design and establish the Spence Elementary School's garden where she has taught over 90 garden lessons for grades K-5. She brings many creative lesson ideas and fresh garden design expertise to this space.