The Young Gardeners Program

GOFM's newest program, Young Gardeners, is a collaboration with Galveston Independent School District. We integrate garden-based curriculum into their after-school programming!

THE Young Gardeners program

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Galveston's Own Farmers Market is proud to offer the Young Gardeners program, a collaboration between GOFM & Galveston Independent School District! This program aims to bring the benefits of growing food, eating healthy, being outdoors and working collectively to local children, one school at a time.

We believe that putting hands in the dirt, getting outside and thinking about our bodies, food access, seasons and nutrition are all essential parts to raising healthy & happy young people. 

 Nan Wilson is the Young Gardeners Program Director & a member of Galveston's Own Farmers Market Board of Directors.

Nan Wilson is the Young Gardeners Program Director & a member of Galveston's Own Farmers Market Board of Directors.

what & Why?

We've long wanted to find a way to support and invigorate the existing GISD gardens present at so many local schools on the island. The Young Gardeners Program integrates high-production gardens & curriculum with the after-school programming at GISD schools. With the help of countless community volunteers,GISD administration & staff, local families and our enthusiastic students we send children home with food nearly every week.


when & Where?

The Young Gardeners Program is at the following 3 GISD schools for the 2018-19 school year:

  1. Rosenberg Elementary
  2. Oppe Elementary
  3. L.A. Morgan Elementary

YGP sessions take place twice a week in the afternoons Mondays-Thursdays September-May. The days of YGP session depend on each school site.

How to volunteer:

There's various ways to help with the Young Gardeners program--take a look at these 3 main positions and the available times you can volunteer, then sign up using the form below!  

Got questions? Email our Volunteer Coordinator Danica Premirelli at 

  • YGP Team Facilitator:
    • must commit to at least 2 sessions per month
    • Mondays-Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:30pm*
  • Weekly Water Duty:
    • 1 hr, any day of the week
  • Monthly Community Work Day:
    • various Saturdays every month, 9am--11am

*Each school site has different YGP days. Volunteers can choose a day, Monday-Thursday, that works with their schedule by communicating with our Volunteer Coordinator.

BECOME A volunteer:

Name *
Let us know in what way you'd like to volunteer--or tell us what else you want to know!