GROWING KIDS THROUGH GARDENING
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Youth in Franklin County learned about basic gardening and soils through 4-H school enrichment programs and workshops. The gardening project materials presented to the youth served as a supplement to the teacher’s regular school curriculum. The school enrichment programs were conducted for three 8th grade science classes in Charleston Public School to teach them about square foot gardening and soils. The Growing Kids through Gardening workshops were taught to 4-H members and focused on raised bed gardening and soils. Hands-on labs were used to teach youth about soil particles, soil profiles, soil testing, planting vegetables in raised beds, designing and planting square foot vegetables gardens and crafting with gourds. The overall goal of the school enrichment program and gardening workshops were to expose youth to 4-H project work and the 4-H programs in Franklin County. The 4-H school enrichment programs and workshops on gardening reached a total of 78 youth in 2013. 4-H school enrichment programs provide teachers an additional educational resource that will complement their classroom instruction while educating youth about 4-H project work and the county 4-H program. The Growing Kids through Gardening workshops allowed youth to focus on the 4-H gardening project.
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Authors: C.M. Ham
Ham, C. CEA-Staff Chair, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas, 72949