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 850+ PK-6th grade students at least six times per school year with an increasing involvement with the Middle School and High School

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

  • Increasing Middle and High School involvement; if you are a Middle/High School teacher that is interested in getting your class involved, please contact us

Elementary garden club

  • Two, eight-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 Missouri native Mark Zacher in partnership with Columbia HyVee
  • Members of the Cooking Club learn how to prepare and enjoy four delicious courses

Farm-to-school & Farmers market

  • 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
  • Keep an eye out for the SBLG booth at Ashland's Coyote Farmer's Market!
When I was younger I used to think pumpkins were giant oranges.
— David Ginter - Garden Clubber