Waukon school gardens flourish

August 6, 2019

Vegetable gardens at two Waukon schools are flourishing thanks to the green thumbs of the young gardeners involved in the Summer Food and Fitness program. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program, ISU Extension and Outreach, and Allamakee Community School District co-host the program.

Children plant seeds in raised beds at Waukon school gardens.
East Elementary students and Growing Bear school-age care children planted gardens from seed at East Elementary in Waukon in June. Alyssa Bell, 4-H AmeriCorps summer health and wellness educator, coordinated the event.

In June, club members planted and tended the garden at the Waukon Middle School. Students filled nine raised beds with cucumbers, tomatoes, ground cherries, kohlrabi, peppers, peas, cauliflower, and sunflowers. Some of the yield from this garden will make its way onto the plates of students coming to the summer feeding program in August.

In July, day-campers planted crops from seed at the garden beds at East Elementary. Planting from seed will delay harvest until fall when school is back in session. Crops include lettuce, carrots, basil, spinach, and peas.

The Iowa 4-H AmeriCorps program uses farm to school activities to build stronger community engagement, promote public health education, and increase environmental awareness. For more information, contact Teresa Wiemerslage, (563) 794-0599.