The perfect beginning for any gardening program. Engage youth in planning, designing, and implementing their own garden. Help foster a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, build science skills, and cultivate the mind through diverse learning experiences. Junior Master Gardener 'Learn, Grow, Eat & GO' curriculum toolkit for Elementary audiences is available in English and Spanish. The Purdue Gardening Curriculum for Middle to High-School audiences is available for older audiences. A toolkit of gardening supplies is available upon request as funds last.

For Teachers

Our colleagues at U of I Extension have created a network of educators around Illinois who can be a great resource for you as your considering starting your own garden. Learn more about their programs below. 

Small Farms Local Foods Program

Horticulture Program

Key Concepts

  • Agriculture
  • Biological Science
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Service
  • Cultural Competency
  • Environment
  • Food Advocacy
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Healthy Living
  • Plant Science

For Youth Grades 3 – 12 such as 4-H clubs, 4-H Federations, and other community/civic organizations.

Youth will ...

  • Plan, design, and implement their own garden.
  • Use the produce to cook a healthy meal or donate to their local food pantry.
  • Strengthen their understanding of where their food comes from through hands-on learning.

Horticulture, Small Farms/Local Foods Educators, and SNAP-Ed Educators