The Southern Boone Learning Garden provides multiple programs for the students of the Southern Boone County School District. In addition to programs directed towards students, the Southern Boone Learning Garden is involved in multiple efforts to increase healthy lifestyle options and the overall health of the community of Southern Boone County.

School-day garden classes

  • Directly reach 925+ PK-5th grade students monthly per school year with an increasing involvement with the Middle School and High School

  • Lesson Plans are developed by SBLG Garden Educators are tied to Missouri standards and cover math, science, social studies, writing, and more.

Elementary garden club

  • Two, six-week sessions during the fall and the spring semester with 15 kids each session (60 kids/year)

  • Garden Clubbers learn basic gardening skills (planting, composting, harvesting), nutrition and food systems and eco-art and craft projects

  • Wide range of special guest volunteers from local farmers to teachers and community leaders


middle school cooking club

  • One, four-week session during the fall and spring semester with 8-9 kids per session

  • Currently led by Jackie Casteel in partnership with Columbia HyVee

  • Members of the Cooking Club learn how to prepare and enjoy four delicious recipes or techniques for preserving food



  • In partnership with Opaa!, we are able to regularly bring Learning Garden produce straight into the school cafeterias

  • Host lunchtime taste-tests of SBLG veggies prepared multiple ways

Sugar snap peas coming in hot!!! (as Miss Paige is bringing peas for kids to sample)
— Kindergarten student