It is time for summer gardening and we are ready to get more young people in on the action! This year, Growing Our Future has 200 kits to give away and potentially more depending on the donations we receive from now until June 1.
Growing Our Future supplies free gardening kits to local youth ages 18 and under. All youth are eligible to receive a free kit as long as they can be picked up in Bemidji on the Designated pick-up days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Without further ado, sign up, today!!
The Bemidji Jaycees have decided to donate a booth to us for the Home, Sport and Travel show this year, and we couldn’t be more excited!! We have always wanted to be at this event, so it is a dream come true. We will have prizes, info sheets, business cards, and seeds! Lots of seeds! Don’t forget to come and visit us!
In addition to hosting a booth, we will also be teaching a Gardening kids activity on Sunday!! We will be there on April 1,2, and 3 and hope to see you there!!
We are finally ready to show the world our herb gardening kits! Fill out this form to register youth ages 18 and under:
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IT’S ALMOST TIME TO PLANT GARLIC (The next few weeks is the time)!!!!!
Garlic loves full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Find bulbs at a local nursery. Do not plant cloves from grocery-store garlic. The garlic varieties sold in stores may not be hardy in northern gardens. Some garlic bulbs may also have have been treated with preservatives to extend their shelf-life in stores.
Break apart the bulb to separate individual cloves, leaving the paper husk on each clove.
Plant cloves 2 to 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep with the pointed end facing up. Choose the biggest, healthiest cloves since they will turn into larger, healthier bulbs next summer.
After garlic planting, cover bulbs with a thick layer of straw or mulch during winter and remove the straw in the spring when threat of frost has passed.
In the spring, cut off any flower shoots because they will decrease bulb size.
Water and wait! They should be ready by July!
After starting "Growing Our Future" out of her own pocket, high school senior, Bridget found ABF grants while looking for more funding sources. She used her grant to create free indoor herb gardening kits for youth AND help build a community produce sharing table- a space for youth and families to share recipes, produce, and gardening supplies.
Make sure to follow Growing Our Future for your motivation this week and check back this week to hear Bridget's advice on writing a grant application that stands out!
Thank you so much to everyone that has made a contribution to help in Growing our Future in the last year. You are the reason we are able to create these kits. Thank you. 💚
Its time for indoor herb gardening! Things are starting to come together! Our budget is being formed and expenses are adding up. Stay tuned for more information on the program and our progress.
Thank you so much for considering a donation to help In “Growing Our Future”
How to Donate:
Target Charity Registry: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/GrowingOurFuture
By Mail: PO Box 753 Bemidji, MN 56619
In person: Reach out today!!
We also take physical donations! Recycled pots, brand new gardening supplies that you’ve purchased for the program, indoor Pots, Soil and more!
Growing Our Future, a community program based in Bemidji that supplies free seasonal gardening kits to local youth, is seeking funds for its next round of gardening kits.
Written By: Pioneer Staff Report | 1:28 pm, Oct. 11, 2021
Growing Our Future, a community program based in Bemidji that supplies free seasonal gardening kits to local youth, is seeking funds for its next round of gardening kits.BEMIDJI -- Growing Our Future, a community program based in Bemidji that supplies free seasonal gardening kits to local youth, is seeking funds for its next round of gardening kits.
The Ground Our Future program was founded by Bemidji resident Bridget Westrum in January 2021 and began by giving out more than 130 free “starter garden” kits that included everything from detailed planting information to seeds and soil. All youth age 18 and younger were eligible to receive a kit.
"It was a huge success," Westrum said in a release. "Growing Our Future brought knowledge of gardening and a broadened sense of self-sustainability into the lives of 130-plus families. I was in awe. This newfound success expanded my expectations for the program and the goals for this organization. Thus began the process of our upcoming batch of kits."
The next round of kits, available for anyone 18 years and younger, will be free indoor herb gardening kits, which will include a grow light, a window pot, soil, five to eight seed varieties, a spray bottle for watering and plant markers.
"Our goal for this batch of kits is to reach 200 youth from in and around Bemidji," Westrum said. "It is so important for youth to have the opportunity to garden and be self-sustainable."
The program is entirely youth-led and donation-funded. The fundraising goal for the next project is $3,000 and so far they are a third of the way to reaching that goal. According to the release, donations will be primarily used to purchase grow light bulbs and window pots. Any money left over will go toward soil or other supplies for future batches of kits (like seeds, seed starting trays, spades, etc).
Westrum is seeking the community's help in gaining more funds to reach the target goal. She also mentioned that they recently overfilled their barn used for storage, so are on the lookout for any enclosed sheds that are in decent condition. The shed would be used to hold kit supplies and soil bags.
"Please consider making a donation to help create the next generation of gardeners," she said. "They are the future."
How to donate:
visit their Facebook page @growyourownfuture,
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org