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Growing Matters Garden Program

The Latest News in the Garden

working in the gardenWoodward School Summer Garden Nights!
A great big thanks to everyone who came out to help keep the Woodward School garden growing over the summer.   We couldn't have done it without you! Our last summer garden night for the season was Monday, August 25.  We enjoyed meeting new people, learning and working together in the garden.  

Produce for Sale
This week (9/2/14) will be the last week of garden produce being sold at the Douglass Farmers' Market to help fund the program. Come say hello on Tuesday afternoon between 3-6pm at the Douglass Community Association. We have the following for sale...

  • Woodward School Garden:
    • young collards, kale, and mustard greens
    • celery
    • green beans
    • green onions
    • spinach
    • fresh herbs: sweet basil, parsley, sage
  • Produce from other local / community gardens:
    • mustard greens
    • collard greens
    • dried nettle tea
    • fresh herbs: oregano, mint, rosemary

More About the Growing Matters Garden

Woodward School GardenThe Growing Matters Garden program provides garden-based, hands-on learning opportunities for local youth and the larger community. Our main focus is to support and coordinate activities at the Woodward Elementary School garden.

The Woodward School garden has areas for growing vegetables, herbs, strawberries, and flowers. During the school year classes enjoy the produce they have grown. Over the summer, a portion of the produce is sold at the Douglass Farmer's Market to help fund the program.

Woodward School GardenOver 300 students are involved in learning activities in the garden each year! Students put their hands in the soil and better understand where their food comes from, how great it tastes right from the garden, and why growing organic is so important. We work closely with teachers to align lessons with state standards in science, math, and language arts.

Woodward School GardenWe facilitate an after school club (Club Grub) that explores healthy eating, gardening, cooking, and nutrition through games, hands-on activities, and group discussions. We taste different foods and make/eat a healthy snack together every week!

Working in food justice and education, our staff explores anti-bias /anti-racism (ABAR) teaching techniques to "support all children's full development in our multiracial, multilingual, multicultural world and give them the tools to stand up to prejudice, stereotyping, bias, and eventually to institutional 'isms'." (1)

Woodward School GardenAre you interested in lending a hand with our program? Please fill out a volunteer application or stop by the Woodward Elementary School Garden night during the summer break.  In addition, we'd love for you to sponsor-a-gardener to help us cover our program costs.

(1) Excerpt from "Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves" by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards.

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.