Our Fall 2022 Herb Gardening Kit request form is live! With better wattage in our grow light bulbs, to new seed varieties, our kits are back and better than ever! We have more kits available than last year and can’t wait to distribute them to local youth ages 18 and under. Sign up below!
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!
Bridget Westrum is a Senior from Bemidji, MN. She is the founder of “Growing Our Future,” as well as the content creator.