4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
The 4-H Junior Master Gardener Club was established in 2002, it continues to be a program presence annually. The program’s goal is to involve 30-35 youth and roughly ten teen volunteers. As the program has gained popularity, the number of kids and garden space has grown to accommodate the growth. In 2014 we are looking at expanding the program to a more year round experience to allow for more opportunities for seed starting and cool season crops. Weekly club meetings and a summer intern assist with the ongoing maintenance. Thanksgiving Point’s Farm Country is home to the Junior Master Gardener Program. Farm Country is a small-scale contemporary-production farming facility, and its atmosphere provides a unique environment for youth to learn about how gardening fits into the larger agricultural picture. The location is ideal because of the convenience to garden space, the ample sunlight in the area, the proximity to water, and the ability for guests of all ages to access the gardens. 3 Goals Learning and Agricultural Literacy: we aim to better educate youth about their environment and where their food comes from, how it grows, and the importance of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. The garden also serves as an active display for Farm Country guests as they observe the growing gardens. Youth Engagement, Leadership, and Skill Development: Youth take ownership in planning the garden layout, selecting the plant material, and maintaining the garden. The program develops leadership skills, increases the self-confidence, and teaches life skills to participating youth by allowing them to invest in an educational project with tangible results. Healthy Lifestyles— An integral part is to educate participants about healthy living. The nature of the program, by teaching youth outdoor gardening skills, encourages physical activity and sampling of different types of fruits and vegetables.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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