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Growing Matters Garden Program

The Latest News in the Garden

students in the gardenAre you happy it is spring? We sure are! Spring brings new growth and our annual Sponsor-a-Gardener campaign. If you feel strongly about local organic food, environmental stewardship, and empowering youth, please download a 2014 sponsorship letter or make a tax-deductible contribution via Paypal today.

More About the Growing Matters Garden

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

Woodward School GardenOver 300 students at the school 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.

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. Come say hello Tuesday afternoons between 3-6pm, June through August, at the Douglass Community Association.

Woodward School GardenAre you interested in lending a hand with our program? We'd love to see you at the Woodward Elementary School Garden Night, held every Monday evening from 7-8pm, June through August. Bring your family, friends, or neighbors and enjoy spending time outside, while also learning more about gardening.

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