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 gardens.
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 dial-up connection.
Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Toolkit – Table of Contents
Part One: Basic Steps for Starting a Garden
Part Two: Gardening Examples and Resources
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 Office.
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 vegetables!
Here are some additional resources that will help to get your garden growing.
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