University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Youth Community Gardens Roundtable on Thursday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at Rock Island County Extension 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan, IL The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in starting or has already organized a youth community garden. The purpose is to bring groups together to help learn more about what is involved in planning and implementing a successful youth gardening program. Participants who have had a garden as a part of their program are encouraged to share their success stories, tips and lessons learned. Extension will share some educational resources and curriculum for youth gardening programs. For agencies or groups who may have space for a garden plot but no kids, they will share tips on recruiting volunteers and kids for a successful youth gardening program.

University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Youth Community Gardens Roundtable on Thursday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at Rock Island County Extension 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan, IL The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in starting or has already organized a youth community garden. The purpose is to bring groups together to help learn more about what is involved in planning and implementing a successful youth gardening program. Participants who have had a garden as a part of their program are encouraged to share their success stories, tips and lessons learned. Extension will share some educational resources and curriculum for youth gardening programs. For agencies or groups who may have space for a garden plot but no kids, they will share tips on recruiting volunteers and kids for a successful youth gardening program.

This will be an interactive session which will cover: The purpose of Youth Community Gardens; An overview of planning and implementation steps that will serve as a guide for the more in-depth meeting in January; The sharing of success stories and ideas; The types of educational curriculum and resources available to you through University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H and Master Gardener programs

Based on interest at this November session, additional sessions will be offered prior to the growing season: A January training on how to plan and implement a community garden with youth engaged in learning; and a follow-up session in March to finalize your specific garden / educational plans. RSVP to (309) 756-9978 or online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs If you have any questions contact Diane Baker, 4-H Metro Youth Educator at mailto:bakerd@illinois.edu; or Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, mailto:smithma@illinois.edu