Grass to Garden

Numerous studies have shown the myriad of benefits that community gardens provide such as reducing food insecurity, improving diet, and strengthening family and community relationships.  This program will equip communities, often composed of diverse audiences with little or no exposure to Purdue Extension, with interdisciplinary education and programming aimed at making successful agricultural and community development efforts and healthier communities with improved access to local food.

The program is four in-person sessions of 3 hours each (total of 12 hours). Each session will cover two topics allowing for flexibility to fit different needs and schedules of individual counties.
     Session 1 – Introduction to Community Gardens and Getting Started
     Session 2 – Garden Policies and Community Engagement
     Session 3 – Garden Site Selection and Preparation
     Session 4 – Growing and Harvesting Guide

Audience:  Individuals, community groups, schools, and other non-profit or faith-based organizations that are interested in starting or improving a community garden.

Budget:  $75 per person
CVENT Budget Spreadsheet

More information:  There will be train-the-trainers offered periodically for this program which are required to offer the program.  Contact Laurynn or Karen for more information.

Program Purpose and Overview
Grass to Garden Logic Model
Program Measurement and Evaluation
Focus Group Affiliation: Diversified Agriculture

Signature Program Contacts:
Karen Mitchell  |  mitcheka@purdue.edu  |  (765) 474-0793

Laurynn Thieme  |  ljthieme@purdue.edu  |  (765) 747-7732