Home and Garden

Program Overview

Mission Statement

To engage children in novel, "hands-on" group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG® inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification.

Program Numbers

  • The JMG® program is a 5-year-old 4-H youth gardening program that was started by the Texas Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Currently over 12,218 youth are registered in public/private/home/schools, after-school programs, summer camps, and other organizations in 29 states, 2 countries, working toward their certification.
  • 40 states have implemented the JMG® program.
  • The program has 28 Land Grant University Partners that implement the program at state level. Texas A&M University serves as the headquarters for the International JMG® program office.
  • There are JMG® programs has been implemented in 9 countries (including the U.S.)
  • Approximately 950,000 youths were impacted nationally in JMG® in 2001.
  • Over 2.5 million youth reached nationally through partnerships with 9 national children's magazines featuring monthly JMG® activities/columns.
  • Thousands of teachers and leaders are trained each year by national, state level and local JMG® Program staff and volunteers.

Program Purpose and Goals

  • Developing leadership skills: building youth leaders by utilizing environmental science as a vehicle to develop academic skills, character education, and service learning
  • Enhancing reading, writing, science, and math skills through "hands-on" and applied learning
  • Providing certification and recognition for youth for attaining personal goals, fostering personal pride and responsibilities
  • Utilizing peer teaching and cross generational mentoring for program delivery
  • Improving the health and nutrition of youth through increased horticultural and nutrition education
  • Providing a strong and positive link between public and higher education to collaboratively prepare youth for tomorrow's workplace through career exploration, school to work programs, and basic life skill enhancement
  • Identifying community needs/volunteer opportunities

Service Learning

Students use what they have learned to be of service to others. Examples of service projects initiated by JMG® groups include growing produce for donation to food banks, community beautification projects, and class businesses generating funds for local charities.

Student Recognition

Youths completing requirements in a given chapter or for the overall program earn certification awarded by National JMG® Office and affiliated state partner universities.

Organizational and Program Partnerships

  • National Land-grant Universities/Cooperative Extension Network
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Children's Better Health Institute
  • SeaWorld
  • National Master Gardener volunteers
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers
  • Keep America Beautiful individual state programs State Nursery/Landscape Association Programs