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Family Gardening

Family Gardening is an educational program for all family members, both children and adults. It is designed to help participants understand the importance of good nutrition. Family Gardening also aims to help participants learn the connection between healthy bodies and healthy gardens.

Mother and son gardening


Program participants will learn about:

  • The health benefits of whole grains.
  • New ways to add fruits and vegetables to their daily diets.
  • The connection between seeds we plant and plants that grow from these seeds.
  • Soil preparation and proper garden tool use and care.
  • Early spring crops and how to transplant seedlings from flats to the garden.

Space and time requirements

The Family Gardening program consists of six sessions:

  • One 45-minute session combining classroom discussion and an optional garden tour.
  • Three 45-minute sessions combining classroom discussions and food preparation.
  • Two 60-minute sessions involving hands-on work in a garden.

All sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants and within reason fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.

More information

Family Gardening sessions can begin early spring or late winter to time the last class for transplanting seedlings to the garden. Family Gardening lessons are adapted from the Denver Urban Gardens’ School Garden and Nutrition Curriculum.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, contact the SNAP-Ed team.

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