The school gardens at two Waukon elementary schools are flourishing thanks to the green thumbs of the young gardeners involved in the Summer Food and Fitness program hosted by the Iowa 4-H AmeriCorps program, ISU Extension and Outreach and Allamakee Community School District.
In June, club members planted and tended the garden at the Waukon Middle School. Nine raised beds were filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, ground cherries, kohlrabi, peppers, peas, cauliflower, and sunflowers. Some of the yield from this garden will be shared with students coming to the summer feeding program in August.
In July, day-campers planted crops from seed at the garden beds at East Elementary. The crops were planted from seed to delay harvest until fall when school is back in session. Crops include lettuce, carrots, basil, spinach, and peas.
The Iowa 4-H AmeriCorps program utilizes Farm to School to build stronger community engagement, promote public health education, and increase environmental awareness. For more information, contact Teresa Wiemerslage at 563-794-0599.