The RVACG strongly believes in encouraging and training young gardeners who are the gardeners or food growers of the future. We believe it is important to introduce children to gardening, nature and the environment in general.
As of April 15, 2022 spaces are limited in both programs. Register soon. A wait list will be started for the 2023 program when the 2022 quotas are reached.
Busy Bees Garden Club Younger children, ages 3 to 10, may participate in the Busy Bees Garden Club. Each child will have their own 2 X 4 ft. raised bed where they may select some seeds or seedlings to plant and care for and then harvest produce or flowers as the plants mature. The children and their families need to commit to taking responsibility for what is planted, and care for it on a regular basis. Mentors will be available to teach students about their plants and gardening. Children will also participate in a variety of activities relating to the garden including weeding, learning about pollinators, taste-testing veggies and fruits as they ripen, garden walk throughs, visiting adult garden plots, nature scavenger hunts, as well as story time with garden related books, garden craft activities and games.
A parent or guardian needs to attend the program with their child/children to help with the gardening and activities.
Participation in the Busy Bees Garden Club is limited to 24 children due to limited space and resources. Registration will be open to children in the River Valley School District beginning in the spring. Acceptance into the program is based on a first come basis. Registration information: Parents LetterBusy Bees RegistrationBusy Bees Flier Parents will be added to the Gardens email list to receive notifications of RVACG activities.
Junior Gardeners The Junior Gardeners program provides free 10 x 10 garden plots for children Grades 5 through 12 who reside in the River Valley School District. The goal is to encourage children to learn how to garden to grow healthy food for their families or others in need. Participants need to be old enough to understand that they must make a commitment to care for their plot and their plants for the duration of the growing season.
Interested individuals or student groups may download a registration form below. Students, parents or guardians or student groups may contact the RVACG directly through the Contact Us link or email us email@example.com
Participants may grow vegetables or ornamental plants for their family, or for the local food pantry of their choice. They are encouraged to use their plots as a 4-H project, a scouting project or for local county fair entries, or entries for the River Valley School Fair. Participants may purchase their own seeds and seedlings. They will have access to free seeds and any donated seedlings as well as tools such as trowels, shovels, rakes, whatever is needed to plant and care for a garden.
Parent / Guardian Participation Students participating in the program need to have parental or guardian permission. Parent or guardian participation in the project is encouraged at minimum in a supervisory capacity. Students and their parents / guardians are encouraged to participate in any social or fund raising activities sponsored by the Gardens. All activities are family friendly.
Garden Regulations Before plots are planted students, parents / guardians must meet with the RVACG Registrar or attend the Gardens Spring Registration meeting to review the rules and the regulations of the Garden.
Mentors Mentors will be assigned to all youth gardeners if they want them. Mentors will guide the students in seed and seedling selection, soil preparation, planting, seedling identification, mulching and soil care, weeding and harvesting. Student gardeners may visit the garden as needed to care for their plants. Email Notifications / Garden Activities Student gardeners or parents / guardians will be added to the RVACG Garden email list so that they receive any Garden notices sent to the adult gardeners.