The San Antonio Botanical Garden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar County Master Gardeners oversee the children’s vegetable garden program in which youngsters learn hands-on techniques of local vegetable gardening with emphasis’ on environmental stewardship and organics. On Saturday mornings in the spring and fall, children plant, weed, water, nurture, and harvest their individual plots under the mentorship of certified Master Gardeners. With a nominal fee, seeds, bedding plants and tools are furnished in which each child receives that special and individualized attention. The spring and fall session concludes with a final harvest, cleanup and a vegetable show. Children can also earn their Junior Master Gardener certification by participating in fun, hands-on activities each week after they have tended their garden.
In order to gain the most from the learning experience and to help ensure successful growing, participants are required to attend all sessions (two absences are allowed). Families are welcome to share the gardening experience with their child.
How to Apply:
Please fill out a Fall 2013 Children’s Vegetable Garden application when the application period is open. Submission of application does not confirm acceptance in the program. Limited space is available. Acceptance in the program will be based on completeness of the application and willingness to attend each Saturday morning session (two absences are allowed). Participants accepted into the program will be notified.
For more information contact David Rodriguez, Bexar County Extension Agent – Horticulture.