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produce growing in a collection of raised beds in a SDSU Extension community garden

Community Gardens

Community gardens, organized by SDSU Extension staff and community volunteers, bring fresh produce to many rural communities and designated food desserts across the state.

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Rain Garden

SDSU Extension Hosts a Rain Garden Tour

December 18, 2018

SDSU Extension in collaboration with Dakota Rural Action is hosting a Rain Garden Tour Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sioux Falls at the site of a rain garden constructed this summer (1409 E 33rd St.).

Fruit, Flower, Plant, Vegetable, Community Garden

Katherine Montague and Delores Allen checking a garden.

Lakota Homes Garden Produces Fresh Vegetables & Grows Community

December 18, 2018

This year Katherine Montague's garden didn't produce much. "The radishes didn't like the heat and the watermelons didn't like the soil," Montague explains. But, that didn't keep the 57-year-old Lakota Homes resident from eating fresh vegetables.

Community Garden, Garden & Yard Issues, Fruit, Vegetable

extra food from a garden waiting to be distributed

SDSU Extension's Voices for Food is Citizen-Led Effort to Increase Food Security

December 18, 2018

If your refrigerator and pantry shelves are stocked, food security is not something you spend much time thinking about—unless you are Darci Bultje.

Vegetable, Community Garden

A group of three people pruning a tree.

Garden Clubs & Associations

Novice gardeners and master gardeners share a love of and respect for nature, which is one of the many reasons why they naturally seek out like-minded individuals to organize clubs or associations.

Master Gardener, Community Garden

The La Montanita Co-op Veteran Farm Project (VFP) in Albuquerque, NM.

Training Gardens and Business Incubators

Community gardens are associated with urban areas and food production. However, community gardens can also be used as job training sites or small business incubators.

Community Garden, Developing Communities, Small Businesses

A young girl with a snail-shaped watering can.

Ages & Stages in the Garden: Ages 6-8

A garden can be used to teach many concepts to a board range of ages. When working with early elementary youth you will want to consider characteristics of their development when planning lessons and activities.

Community Garden, Vegetable, Fruit, Flower, Early Childhood Education

Ages & Stages in the Garden: Ages 9-11

When working with upper elementary youth in a garden consider their physical development and skill level as you develop learning activities. Nine to eleven year olds have better coordination and reaction time by this age, however sometimes dues to growth spurs there can be short-term issues with balance and coordination. Additionally, these children have more body strength and their hand dexterity has increased.

Community Garden, Fruit, Vegetable, Flower

several children next to a raised garden

Ages & Stages in the Garden: 4-5 year olds

If considering a garden-based learning program for four to five year-old it is important to understand some of their developmental characteristics prior to planning your program. Young children’s abilities will differ greatly from older youth.

Community Garden, Vegetable, Fruit, Flower, Early Childhood Education

A community garden plot with several tomato plants growing.

Community Gardens: Garden Rules - Operational Guidelines

When developing garden rules or participate guidelines it is important to address activities related to the operations of the garden. Clearly state that gardeners are expected to maintain their plot for the entire season and list the dates of the season during which they are responsible.

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