School garden workshop Oct. 24 with Beth Hanna from Community GroundWorks

Monroe County Schools on the Go will host a school garden workshop from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Barney Center in Sparta.

Beth Hanna from the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative at Community GroundWorks will lead the training that will include information on garden sustainability and farm to school.

“We are excited to be bringing Beth Hanna to Monroe County. She has great knowledge of creating sustainable school and community gardens and will be able to help us move the projects we have started toward becoming more sustainable,” said Autumn Grooms, project coordinator for Monroe County Schools on the Go. “Having installed school gardens at Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton schools through the Transform Wisconsin grant our coalition received, it is important that we look at ways to maintain them and make sure they are providing educational opportunities into the future.”

Those interested in gardening – especially school and community gardens – are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Please contact Grooms at (608) 269-3151 or email for more information or to register.

The Wisconsin School Garden Initiative is a three-year project of Community GroundWorks, which seeks to employ youth gardening and garden-based education to improve child health outcomes. At the end of the three years, the initiative intends to launch an ongoing Wisconsin School Garden Network as an independent body.

The Wisconsin School Garden Initiative builds off the success of the Got Dirt? Gardening Initiative and is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.


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