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
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.
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:
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!
Send questions to our Volunteer Coordinator Danica with more questions:
- 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.