Gardening Know How Sponsorship Recipient: the Young Gardeners Program

This year, Gardening Know How's School and Community Garden Sponsorship Program was fortunate enough to help support 20 gardens with $1,000 each. These gardens represent a wide array of community and school programs, from Florida to Saskatchewan and many places in between. Each has its own unique and powerful story, and we're excited to share them with you. Every other week we'll highlight one of our sponsorship recipients to help spread the word about how amazing they really are. This week we're featuring the Young Gardeners Program.

In 2017 the Young Gardeners Program was founded in Galveston, Texas. A project of the already-established Galveston's Own Farmers Market, the program began as a way to provide local kids with healthy produce and teach them the power and satisfaction of growing their own food.

And it's working. Beginning with 40 students at the Rosenberg Elementary School, the program has since expanded to two more schools and is currently serving 100 kids.

The watering brigade.

The Young Gardeners Program focuses on existing after school initiatives geared toward students in grades 1-4. It establishes on-site organic gardens and teaches children how to tend to the produce they grow. There's a lot of emphasis on producing food the students can take home regularly to their families - the goal is a half pound bag of vegetables every week for every student!

The program is thriving thanks to tireless volunteers.

So far the program has been a huge success, and it's growing at a rapid rate thanks to the tireless help of volunteers. There are a total of 15 schools on Galveston Island, and the program hopes to have a garden at each of them by 2022.

Kids grow their own produce and take it home to enjoy.

But if the Young Gardeners Program is going to keep expanding and changing lives, it's going to need some help. As more gardens and educational programs are established, Gardening Know How will help support the three existing sites, paying for much needed materials such as seeds, fertilizer, and garden bed maintenance.

With the grant from Gardening Know How, the Young Gardeners Program will be able to serve more and more children in Galveston, teaching them the joys of digging in the dirt and taking home the fruits of their labors. We're proud to be able to help them realize this dream.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.