Free Quick Start Vegetable Gardening workshop

Learn easy garden ideas for children at a free Quick Start Vegetable Gardening workshop in Branch County.

The Branch County We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) is a collaboration of various organizations in Branch County such as Michigan State University Extension, Branch County Great Start Collaborative and the Branch County Community Foundation. Branch County We Can! is offering a free Quick Start Vegetable Gardening workshop on April 28, 2015 for those who work in a preschool, K-12 classroom or childcare setting, or anyone else interested in easy ways to garden with children and youth.

Quick Start Vegetable Gardening will offer:

Raised beds and other easy container garden options

  • Container gardening is a quick way to get started with gardening. Many container options are available to purchase or make. Explore different kinds of gardening containers and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Easy vegetables for beginners

  • Find out which types of vegetables and herbs are easy to grow and learn how to grow a pizza garden.

Educational opportunities in science, math and more

  • The practices of growing and preparing food from a garden offer endless educational opportunities for youth. Learn age-appropriate activities for integrating a garden into formal and informal learning experiences.

Harvest time: what to do with all of this food!

  • Learn ideas for incorporating garden-fresh produce into meals, strategies for encouraging children to try new foods, and how to donate excess produce to food pantries.

Food safety in the garden and kitchen

  • Food safety is critical to ensure a positive youth gardening experience. Learn food safety essentials for growing and preparing vegetables.

Branch County We Can! is part of a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children maintain a healthy weight. Branch County We Can! originated from the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity (CPCO) federal research study grant that includes seven other states. MSU Extension is increasing focus in the theory that the United States obesity epidemic is driven by the environment where people live as well as individual behaviors. For people to make behavior changes that support healthy lifestyles, they must be surrounded by an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Registration for Quick Start Vegetable Gardening will be accepted through Friday, April 24, 2015. To register call the Branch County MSU Extension at 517-279-4311. This is a free event. For more information download the Quick Start Vegetable Gardening with Youth flyer.

Quick Start Vegetable Gardening with Youth, instructed by Mariel Borgman

April 28, 2015
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Community Health Center Conference Center
370 E. Chicago St., suite 500
Coldwater, MI 49036

Certificates of completion will be provided for childcare training hours.

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