Great Green Gardeners in 2010
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During the summer of 2009, 4-H partnered with the CWC Master Gardener program and the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program in a pilot gardening project. Maggie Fuller, 4-H adult volunteer and CWC Extension support staff along with Master Gardener Debbie Monchamp have been exploring the possibility of developing a 4-H gardening project club from the Great Green Gardeners club that was formed during the pilot project.
We learned... that we wanted a gardening project club based on the 4-H principle of "learn by doing." This club will offer more hands-on learning and be less curriculum based.
The Plan... With the assistance of Master Gardener and County Fair Board member Bonnie Hillman, space has been located at the CWC fairgrounds for this club to design, build and grow their gardens.
Preparing the soil... We have a place to meet, a place to garden and a plan for the first year and first phase of this gardening project club. There will be three areas of focus to be implemented at the fairgrounds:
- Container and raised bed gardens
- Establish a rain garden and
- Repair and plant existing planter sites to include native grass plantings and a butterfly garden
In this first phase our goals are not modest:
- To learn how to design, construct and plant raised bed gardens
- To create attractive container garden sites
- To establish a butterfly garden
- To establish a rain garden
- To educate the public about alternative gardening methods and native plants
Our goals may be scaled down or up depending on the number of participants in the club.
And now we need YOU! We've got the plan, the tools and now we need gardeners and adult volunteers/leaders to help project club members succeed in their gardening endeavors.
The time commitment will be moderate. We will meet throughout the cold weather months to plan, gather materials and other resources we might need. We can set a regular monthly meeting time and can keep ourselves updated with new ideas and information by using online tools.
During planting, growing and harvesting months members will volunteer to establish, water, weed and otherwise maintain gardens for an hour or two each week. Members and adult leaders will sign up on a monthly maintenance schedule to help at the times most convenient for them.
If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Great Green Gardener, please contact Maggie: 218-824-1065 or firstname.lastname@example.org