Two local clubs gathered at the Leach Teaching Gardens on Sunday, October 6th to install garden beds demonstrating the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! curriculum to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Junior Master Gardener Program. The Castlegate 4-H Club and Brazos County Homeschool Garden Club installed a garden bed on “Demo Day.” Cub Scout Pack 350 will also be installing their garden bed this fall.
The garden beds were installed in the Ben ’99 and Barbie ’99 Collinsworth Landscape Design and Construction Demonstration Garden, and will stay on display until February. Students from the clubs will continue to manage and tend the garden beds until their removal, and have a chance to educate the public about their work at the JMG National Leader Training conference, and at the Gardens Fall Festival. The participants will receive their Junior Master Gardener certification at the conference to signify their completion of the curriculum.
The Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! is a curricula of the Junior Master Gardener program and aims to “grows good kids by combining academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and school & family engagement.”
The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.
To learn more about Junior Master Gardener, visit their website at http://jmgkids.us/.