Word from the Executive Director and More

Note from the Executive Director-

This spring I was hired as the new Executive Director for Grow La Crosse. For the past four years I have been employed as Grow La Crosse’s Program Director at State Road Elementary School. Prior to that, I worked as a Special Events Director at the La Crosse YMCA while earning my Master’s Degree in Community Health Education. My undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education. I taught high school for three years in Leysin, Switzerland.

Grow La Crosse aligns very well with my personal goals and passions. I truly enjoy seeing people enjoy the outdoors and eating healthy, local food! I have enjoyed introducing children to new foods, watching school communities come together to build school gardens, and integrating health, science, math and engineering into garden lessons. I am honored to serve for this organization as it touches the lives of many children and families.

Feel free to contact me!

Jamie O’Neill – Executive Director

Mark Your Calendars!


Join us for this very special yoga class ON THE FARM Saturday, July 22 at 10:00AM. Mandy from Root Down will lead you through a yoga class in the beautiful country setting that is Deep Roots Community Farm, located at W4406 County Rd. YY La Crosse, WI. All levels are welcome – this is a beginner friendly class! A $5 donation is suggested to help the mission of GROW La Crosse. You may pay with credit card in advance at Root Down Yoga or pay cash or check on the day of the event. Mats will be available at no charge.


Get a tour of the Grow La Crosse Hamilton/SOTA garden during the Hillview UAC Bountiful Tour on Saturday, July 22nd 10am-2pm. Hillview UAC will be showcasing thirteen private and public vegetable gardens in the La Crosse area through an interactive tour. This tour is a great way to collaborate with experienced gardeners and to share ideas and inspiration about vegetable gardens. Different techniques such as edible landscapes, square-foot gardening, and lasagna gardening will all be exhibited!


Grow Your Own Snack!

Summer school is in full swing this week as Amanda Faust teaches “Grow Your Own Snack” at State Road Elementary. Through this two-week session, kids get to learn about and concoct their own healthy snacks from food grown in the garden.

Time on Wednesday was spent making frozen, yogurt-filled raspberries for everyone to try. Thursday the class harvested fresh dill from the garden and used it to pickle cucumbers in a mason jar. Each class member puts together their own recipe book for each snack so they can make their own tasty snacks at home!