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. 

Thank you to Lucky's Market in Columbia for donating $4,253.38 to Southern Boone Learning Garden during their January 31st Impact Day



Request for Board Members

We are currently in need of 3 - 4 new volunteer Board Members! Do you love the Learning Garden? Can you commit 4-8 hours a month to a great nonprofit organization? Do you want to help secure the future of garden-based education in Southern Boone County and the mid-Missouri region? 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 about the roles & expectations for Board members, please contact SBLG Board Chair Theresa Lackey (TheresaL@sblearninggarden.org) or SBLG Director Jenny Grabner (JennyG@sblearninggarden.org; 573.268.8431). We'd love to get new board members involved as soon as possible, so contact us today!


Elementary Garden club-Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Garden Clubber caring for his crops. 

Fall 2016 Garden Clubber caring for his crops. 


This Fall Elementary Garden Clubbers learned the basics of gardening and growing food, preparing delicious (and nutritious) snacks, and learning how to take care of the Earth. All clubbers were guaranteed to do 3 things: learn a lot, get dirty, and have fun!

Carrots, lettuce, & radishes - oh my! Each Garden Club student this fall was able to choose fall crops & plant her or his own garden plot to grow . Clubbers took care of their own plots each week with assistance from the Educators and volunteers. This was really fun & successful, and the kids took great pride and responsibility in growing their food! 

Along the way we did a lot of general garden work (weeding, watering, composting, etc.) & many other activities, including harvesting sweet potatoes, carving pumpkins, making garden pizzas and salads with their crops, and taking lots of their produce home after the final sessions in early November.  

Harvesting tasty greens with the Fall 2016 Elementary Garden Club - yum!!!

Harvesting tasty greens with the Fall 2016 Elementary Garden Club - yum!!!

Fall 2016 Sweet Potato harvest with Elementary Garden Club gang - 250 lbs that will be served in all 4 school buildings this fall & winter - double yum!!!

Fall 2016 Sweet Potato harvest with Elementary Garden Club gang - 250 lbs that will be served in all 4 school buildings this fall & winter - double yum!!!

Middle School students eating butternut squash soup! 


This four-week program invited students to explore the art and science of preparing healthy, tasty dishes featuring fresh ingredients from the garden. Each meeting allowed the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a different course: salad, soup, entrée and dessert. 

Salad: Roasted Beets and Pear salad with feta cheese

Soup: Butternut squash soup with homemade chicken stock

Entree: Moo Shu Pork wraps

Dessert: Apple Crisp

All cooking clubbers were able to learn the techniques of cooking from Chef Z. We hope to have some future chefs here in our community!

Applications for Spring 2017 Cooking Club are now closed

School Day Lessons

School day lessons with the Kindergarten through 5th grade wrapped up for this semester. It was a blast learning with all the students and growing so many different crops with each grade. Especially getting to eat all the yummy recipes at the last meeting

Kindergarten: Chard                         First grade: Beets                     Second grade: Lettuce                Third grade: Turnips and Kale

Fourth grade: Carrots                       Fifth grade: Tatsoi, Arugula, Pak Choi, Kohlrabi, and Spinach

Lessons will start back up in the February of 2017! 

Building and Using Cattle Panel Hoop Houses - Video series by Alex Collette, Eagle Scout 2015

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

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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