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! 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.

Our mission is to cultivate a community of healthy and happy young people by encouraging them to put their hands in the dirt, eat well, and learn the transformative power of growing their own food.

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

Nan Wilson is the Young Gardeners Program Director & a former 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 and bring greater health to the youth of Galveston. The Young Gardeners Program integrates high-production gardens & advanced 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 4 GISD schools for the 2018-19 school year:

  1. Rosenberg Elementary

  2. Oppe Elementary

  3. L.A. Morgan Elementary

  4. Crenshaw Elementary

YGP sessions take place twice a week at each school site, Mondays-Friday afternoons during the months of 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 YGP Director Nan Wilson at

  • YGP Garden Facilitator:

    • must commit to at least 1 session per week for 3 months

    • Mondays-Fridays, 3:00pm-5:30pm*

  • Weekly Water Duty:

    • 1 hr, any day of the week

  • Monthly Community Work Day:

    • every Saturday, 9am--11am

      • Crenshaw - 1st Sat.

      • Rosenberg - 2nd Sat.

      • Morgan - 3rd Sat.

      • Oppe - 4th Sat.

*Each school site has different YGP days. Volunteers can choose a day, Monday-Friday, 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!

how do I bring YGP to MY school?

Every year, GOFM performs an evaluation of interested sites based on completion of an application form and an in-person visit to potential YGP sites. When we are ready to receive applications, the form will become available on this site.

In the meantime, please notify YGP administration of your interest in bringing YGP to your school!