GOFM's newest program, Young Gardeners, is a collaboration with Galveston Independent School District. We integrate garden-based curriculum into their after-school programming!
Young Gardeners program
Galveston's Own Farmers Market is proud to launch our Young Gardeners program, a collaboration between GOFM & Galveston Independent School District! This new program aims to bring the benefits of growing food, eating healthy, being outdoors and working collectively to local children, one school at a time.
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 pilot site is at Coastal Village Elementary, and is integrated within the after-school programming already established at the school. With the help of countless community volunteers, the GISD administration, Coastal Village staff and our enthusiastic students we've seen the gardens go from empty to abundant.
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. GOFM saw an opportunity to help connect kids--and our schools--to these concepts through our own expertise, volunteers and enthusiasm.
Nan Wilson is our Young Gardeners Coordinator and a member of the GOFM Board of Directors.
when & Where?
Young Gardeners takes place every Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm at Coastal Village Elementary (721 10th St.) Our GOFM volunteers and Young Gardeners coordinator lead the students through lessons, games, tastings and gardening.
(If you'd like to be involved but can't commit to these times, there are other ways to help--read about our volunteer positions below!)
volunteers we need:
There's various ways to help with the Young Gardeners program--take a look at these 3 main positions and then sign up using the form below!
1. Garden Team Leaders: these volunteers commit to at least 1 day/week throughout the majority of the school year. They garden, cook, play & lead kids through various lessons/activities.
Time commitment: Tuesdays or Thursdays (or both), 3:00-5:00pm
2. Weekly Waterers: based on a rotating schedule among many people, this volunteer is responsible for watering the school garden 1 day/week
Time commitment: any day of the week, approx. 1 hour
3. Community WorkDay Volunteers: every 3rd Saturday of every month we welcome anyone to come help with continued maintenance & beautification of the gardens. Breakfast is provided!
Time commitment: 3rd Saturday of every month, 9:00-11:00am