School Garden 101 to be offered in Polk County this Spring

Jump-Start Your School Garden with School Garden 101

School Garden 101 to be offered in Polk County this spring


ALTOONA, Iowa – Are you interested in starting or expanding a school garden? Elementary and middle school staff that want to plan or better utilize their garden will benefit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s hands-on workshop series, School Garden 101.

This five-session program will be offered on Tuesdays beginning February 27, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the DMPS Operations Center.

School Garden 101 provides school staff with horticultural skills and shows them how to connect gardening principles to school activities. It will also help school staff work together to develop and build a school garden. Participants will also learn how to build a compost bin, test soils, plant seeds, and incorporate garden produce into classrooms and cafeterias.

“The intent of School Garden 101 is to increase the number of school gardens in Iowa,” said Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener assistant coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “At the end of the program, the school teams will have a budget and plan to build their school gardens.”

The program is intended for school teams of three to five staff. Each team registers for $75, which provides all supplies and a resource folder filled with educational materials for the classroom and meals at every workshop. To read more details and register, CLICK HERE.

For more information, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office at (515) 975-5760 or

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