COME JOIN OUR TEAM! Now hiring - AmeriCorps Garden Educators for 2016-17 school year!!

SBLG is hiring for 2 Garden Educator positions to serve 1 year service terms from Aug 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 as AmeriCorps Members through the Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program (in partnership with the Missouri River Communities Network,

Candidates must be available to start no later than August 1, 2016; and be available for the first 2 weeks of training from Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2016. Deadline for Applications is 5pm Friday, July 8th 2016.

Garden Educators will work directly with more than 900 preschool, elementary, middle & high school students, teachers, & families in the Southern Boone County R-1 School District to provide garden-based education during the school day and in extra-curricular programs throughout the school year and summer. Our focus is on providing high quality hands-on agricultural, food, nutrition, and environmental conservation education to students, families, and our community. AmeriCorps members will also help with our Farm to School, Farmers Market, and Community Outreach efforts throughout the year.

SBLG Garden Educators are expected to work an average of 30-40 hours per week, & are required to complete at least 1,750 hours during their year of service; members will receive a monthly AmeriCorps living stipend ($12,530 total for the year). Upon completion of a full service year, members will also receive a $5,650 educational award which can be used toward student loans, continuing education, etc. Members will have health insurance & worker's comp coverage, plus access to subsidized child care and other benefits depending on eligibility. Members must submit to and pass the FBI Fingerprint Background & National Sex Offender checks in order to be hired.

Successful applicants must: enjoy working with kids of all ages in an outdoor setting; have strong interpersonal, oral & written communication skills with both kids & adults; have a strong interest in 1) hands-on, outdoor education, 2) local food, gardening, & agriculture, & 3) environmental conservation & stewardship. Applicants with educational & work experience in teaching, working with children, & gardening/farming are strongly preferred. Applicants with access to reliable daily transportation, and the ability to use personal laptop & phone for work communications are also strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter & resume to SBLG Executive Director Jennifer Grabner at by July 8, 2016.  Successful applicants must also complete the full online AmeriCorps application at

.Please contact Jenny Grabner at or (573) 268-8431 for more detailed information.

We are also currently in need of 3 - 4 new volunteer Board Members! Do you love the Learning Garden? Do you want to help secure the future of garden-based education in Southern Boone County? Do you want to be a part of one of the premier School Garden programs in the Midwest? Then you may be just who we need!

If you are interested in serving on the Learning Garden Board of Directors, or would like more information the role & expectations for Board members, please contact SBLG Board Chair Theresa Lackey ( or SBLG Director Jenny Grabner (; 573.268.8431). We'd love to get new board members approved in June or July if possible, so contact us today!

We are the Southern Boone Learning Garden, a small nonprofit in  Ashland, Missouri. We serve this growing rural community by providing garden- and outdoor-based school day classes, hosting after school garden and cooking clubs, and working with other groups to improve the overall health of our community. 

And introduction to the cattle panel hoop house including material requirements, tools and site preparation.
Covers installation of plastic sheeting on the hoop house, as well as crop selection.

Covers the basic construction sequence and techniques.

Instructional Videos produced as a Eagle Scout project by Alex Collette of Troop 134 in Ashland Missouri.

Summer School Classes


Summer school students tasting cilantro from one of our cold frames. Not everyone was a fan, but its always important to try new foods!

Summer school students tasting cilantro from one of our cold frames. Not everyone was a fan, but its always important to try new foods!

The Learning Garden never takes a break! Throughout the month of June each summer school class has the opportunity to visit the Learning Garden twice. The students fortunate enough to make it out to the garden during the summer get to experience the produce at its most bountiful. Garden tours give the students a chance to sample everything the ground has to offer - fruits and vegetables not readily available during the regular school schedule are plentiful. In addition to tasting and touring, each class has a lesson and gets to help out with regular maintenance; weeding, watering, and sowing winter crops. There is no shortage of work to be done and the Garden welcomes all helpers!


Middle School students with 'Chef Z' preparing delicious and healthy foods!



The Southern Boone Learning Garden invites you to participate in our after school club, Cooking from the Garden.  This four-week program invites you to explore the art and science of preparing healthy, tasty dishes featuring fresh ingredients from the garden. Each weekly meeting allows you the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a different course: salad, soup, entrée and dessert. 

The Details:

o   Who: All Middle School students are invited; no cooking experience is required.

o   What/Why: students will have fun learning to prepare good tasting dishes made from fresh fruits and vegetables.

o   Where: Southern Boone High School FACS Room

o   When:    3:30-5:30, April 7, 14, 21, 28

o   Cost:   $20; Fees help purchase food and equipment for the club.

Need-based fee waivers are available; please contact us for more information. The fee must be paid (or communication regarding waiver) no later than April 4.  Please do not pay until notified you have been selected.

o   How to Apply: Click Here for the application and information. Turn in the application to the Middle School Office no later than March 11.  The club is limited to 12 students selected on first come basis.  We will contact you by March 14 if you have been selected. 

Interested students must be available to attend all 4 sessions!  We have limited space, and we need students who are dedicated and enthusiastic.   

If you want to try your hand at slicing, dicing, mincing, and sautéing delicious fresh food, this club is for you!  We can’t wait to start cooking with you!

Community Focus GrouPs

We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the people of Southern Boone County and our extended Mid-Missouri community for coming out this past month to offer support and thoughts regarding how the Southern Boone Learning Garden can continue its mission well into the future. We would also like to thank the Ashland Senior Center and our local branch of the Daniel Boone Regional Library for letting us meet in their buildings! We had a great turnout (70+ people) and some lively discussion. For more information on the Focus Group meetings, check out the Boone County Journal.

Left: Community members discussing the future of the Southern Boone Learning Garden at the Ashland Senior Center.

our mission

The mission of the Southern Boone Learning Garden is to provide outdoor classroom space and resources; to facilitate fun, authentic learning experiences that challenge students to embrace positive life skills; and to promote collaborative efforts between the Learning Garden, the school district, and the community.

our vision

The vision of Southern Boone Learning Garden is a healthy community in which students and families are actively engaged in the production of good food.

How you can help

Help us by donating your time.

Whether it's a school-day lesson, extracurricular activities, or a work day, we always welcome extra pairs of hands. Check our Volunteer Opportunities to see when and where you can come help us out.

Help us by donating supplies.

We've got a running Wish List with supplies we currently need. If you've got school or gardening supplies sitting around with no planned use, consider donating them, we'll put them to good use!

Help us by donating financially.

As is the life of a nonprofit we are in a continual fundraising state. And as much as we would love to completely exist apart from money, there are certain things we just cannot purchase with cucumbers, bok choy, and carrots. Every little bit helps, so if you're interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please visit our Donation page.

"I think it's wonderful to expose the kids to the vegetables that you can grow.  My son is very stubborn about what he will eat and does not like to try things at home.  My hope is that being around other kids his age who are trying new things will encourage him to do so as well." Kindergarten parent, Southern Boone County Primary School - Fall, 2014

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