Saturday, March 27, 2010

Garden News


Heather Glass harvests her garden last fall--Putnam photo
Community gardening conference set April 17

GARDEN CITY--Interest in community gardens is increasing as more Idahoans struggle with unemployment, economic hardship and food insecurity. Community gardening is an educational process that helps people help themselves and improves nutrition, diet and health.

Studies show urban community gardeners may be 3.5 times more likely to consume the recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Youth and adults involved in community gardening projects also enjoy increased social cohesion, social support and social connections. The presence of community gardens can even increase home values in struggling neighborhoods by 9.4%.

However, good intentions and green thumbs alone do not ensure success. Education, communication and organizational skills are needed for both organizers and gardeners to create and sustain a project.

That’s why University of Idaho Extension and partners are proud to present Growing Together: A Treasure Valley Community Gardening Conference to connect new and established community gardeners, offer horticultural education and give participants increased opportunity to network, communicate, collaborate and share resources.

Saturday, April 17; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Vineyard Fellowship Garden: 4950 N Bradley (48th St.) in Garden City
Suggested donation $10 or the equivalent in nonperishable food or seeed.Scholarships are available, please ask. To register, contact Ariel Agenbroad, Horticulture Extension Educator at the University of Idaho Canyon County Extension office (501 Main St., Caldwell) at 208-459-6003 Monday- Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or by emailing canyon@uidaho.edu.

Find out more about the local Extension horticulture programs at http://www.ag.uidaho.edu/mg/ and visit our Canyon County Extension Horticulture web page at http://extension.ag.uidaho.edu/canyon/horticulture/.

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