Gardening to Give

Noah and Carter

The Gardening to Give program was developed by Iowa 4-H Youth Development staff for Iowans of all ages and abilities to get involved in the gardening and growing process.
Registered participants received weekly, research-based lessons on gardening throughout the program. Topics ranged from different types of gardens and food preservation, to garden tools and plant diseases, and everything in between.
The program engaged over 1,000 individuals from 339 households in 82 Iowa counties, as well as individuals from California, New Jersey, Ohio and Minnesota.
Each lesson, published in both English and Spanish, included how-to information, research, activities and resources for youth and adults to learn from. The program provided participants with the opportunity to submit their gardening progress through photos and harvest totals throughout the season. Participants in the program were also encouraged to donate their produce to friends, neighbors and organizations in need in their communities.
“My favorite part of the Gardening to Give program was to see smiles on people’s faces when I gave them vegetables that we grew,” shared Noah. Younger brother Carter explained that he enjoyed learning about how bees and butterflies help a garden grow. 
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