The Future of Gardening is KidsGardening
New online community provides the tools to establish and scale transformative programs for youth
KidsGardening, a top leader in youth gardening education since 1982, just launched a new virtual platform to connect educators, parents, and community members with the skills, tools, and resources to inspire kids to get their hands dirty.
The online platform is freely available to educators, parents, volunteers, master gardeners, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts, or any individuals or groups involved in youth garden programming. To join, visit community.kidsgardening.org.
Em Shipman, Executive Director of KidsGardening, says this new online community is in high demand. “People are seeking connection, and over the past year, interest in gardening has soared, not only with adults but kids, too. Gardening improves kids’ lives, their communities, and the planet. This platform will connect and inspire thousands across the country to help grow the youth gardening movement.”
With over 18 million new gardeners in 2020, many of whom are parents and teachers, the platform offers resources to share this passion and inspire children to get involved.
The mission of the Kids Garden Community is to bring together like-minded individuals who can build connections and create shareable resources. Those looking to empower their communities with youth garden programming will find a place to collaborate and share ideas, advice on how to apply for grants, recommend curriculum for specific ages, and much more.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with KidsGardening through the Kids Garden Community to help transform outdoor spaces into vibrant hands-on outdoor classrooms that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and inspire them to make healthier choices for meals and snacks,” said Kim Herrington, Senior Director of Programs for Whole Kids Foundation. “We truly believe in gardens as powerful learning spaces not just for nutrition and wellness, but for all subjects!”
The KidsGardening Community is proudly supported by Ball Horticulture, Gardener’s Supply Company, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, and the Whole Kids Foundation.
KidsGardening, founded in 1982, is a national nonprofit organization creating opportunities for kids to play, learn, and grow through gardening. They provide grants and original educational materials to more than 2.6 million kids across the country. In 2021 they launched The KidsGarden Community. The Community is a free, central location for direct learning and networking for anyone gardening with children. Visit www.kidsgardening.org for more information.