Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
Got Dirt? Gardening Initiative
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In an effort to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in Wisconsin,
the Department of Health Services' Nutrition and Physical
Activity program developed "Got Dirt?" - a program designed
to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care
Never gardened? The Got Dirt? Garden toolkit is designed to provide simple,
step-by-step plans for starting a garden. Even better…tips from garden
experts and garden success stories from around Wisconsin are also included.
To request a copy of
the toolkit, please complete and return a Got Dirt? Garden
Toolkit order sheet (PDF, 216 KB) or you may
download a copy of the toolkit via this page.
Note: The PDF version of the "Got Dirt?" Garden
Toolkit available on this page is very large and may take a long time to
open and / or print from your computer, particularly for people using a
Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit
Toolkit – Table of Contents
Basic Steps for Starting a Garden
Find a Place to Plant
Get Seeds and Tools
Prepare the Soil
Start Your Garden
Caring for the Garden
Preparing for Next Year
Gardening Examples and Resources
Gardens (examples & resources)
& Adult Care Center Gardens (examples)
Gardens (examples, resources, funding opportunities, service learning)
Learn more about the Got
Dirt? Gardening Initiative, which trains teachers and childcare
providers to start youth gardens at their own facilities.
Need Help Starting a Garden?
To locate a volunteer Master Gardener or for questions related to
gardening, contact your county UW-Extension
University of Wisconsin-Extension Urban Horticulture
has information and
links to a series of helpful publications that provide even more details
and great tips on gardening.
Need Help Extending the Growing Season?
Learn more about using cold
frames to extend the school garden growing season.
Got Veggies? is a garden-based
nutrition education curriculum created with the goal of getting children to
eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Got Veggies? features seven full
lesson plans that are aligned with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Health, Science, and other
related subjects. A series of shorter garden-based activities are also
included, as well as fun recipes and helpful tips for cooking and eating in
the garden. This curriculum provides an all around great way to
nurture students’ interest in growing and eating fresh fruits and
Here are some additional resources that will help to get your garden
for a fruit and vegetable garden? Search these
organizations for possible grant opportunities.
Gardening Association Offers national gardening news and
Edible Schoolyard: This site from a Berkley, California school,
is an excellent example of a successful farm-to-school program. This site
also offers how-to
ideas for starting your own garden
Mosaics: Youth gardening assistance
using educational resources and activities. The focus is to learn
from elder community members, who share their gardening practices,
cultural backgrounds, and wisdom about their community.
Buds 'n Sprouts offers 75 in-class and
out-of-classroom activities for gardening with kids. For more
6141 N. Hopkins Street
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Master Gardener Curriculum includes science, biology,
math, botany and reasoning skills through horticulture; both
in-class and out-of-classroom activities are included
World - Plant Nutrition: Offers kid-friendly explanations of
plants and their essential nutrients
great links to local resources for Wisconsin gardeners.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Wisconsin Youth Gardens
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