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Gardening

The gardening project focuses on activities related to vegetable gardening, planning, planting, experimenting, understanding soils, seeds, insects, plant care, harvesting, processing,
exploring careers, etc.

See Them Sprout - Unit 1          
Jr./Int./Sr. 
Let’s Get Growing - Unit  2
Jr./Int./Sr.

Unit 1:  See Them Sprout is for members ages 8-18 years old.

Learning Experiences:

  • When, where, and what to plant
  • Types of soils
  • Cool- and- warm season vegetables
  • Soil preparation
  • Rows versus hills
  • Seed preparation
  • Plant parts
  • Garden tools
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • When to harvest
  • How plants are used

Unit 2:  Let’s Get Growing is for members ages 8-18 years old.

Learning Experiences:

  • Changing plans to expand
  • Seed varieties
  • Rotating crops
  • Starting seeds indoors
  • Hardening off
  • Plant properties
  • Preventative pest control
  • Specialty harvest
  • Selling the harvest
  • Horticulture careers

Take Your Pick- Unit 3
Jr./Int./Sr.
Growing Profits - Unit 4    
Sr. Only

Unit 3:  Take Your Pick is for members ages 8-18 years old.

Learning Experiences:

  • Broadcast planting
  • Herb gardening
  • Soil structure and pH
  • Hybrids
  • Pollination
  • Seed damage
  • Animal pests
  • Preservation
  • Food industry careers

Unit 4:  Growing Profits is for members ages 14-18 years old.

Learning Experiences:

  • Undercropping/double cropping
  • Space saving
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivar trials
  • Intensive gardening
  • Biotechnology
  • Hydroponics
  • Diseases and deficiencies
  • Power tools
  • Pesticide safety
  • Botanists and research careers