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Alabama 4-H Grows participation

The Alabama 4-H Grows Garden Project offers youth from both rural and also urban settings hands-on gardening experiences. Each tier, or level, provides a different gardening experience by directly engaging in getting-their-hands-dirty gardening education.

Tier I

Tier I addresses issues including limited gardening experience and limited access to garden space. Youth enrolled in the tier I project will also receive three 5-gallon buckets, soil, and three Bonnie Plants (Green Griller Zucchini, Sweet and Neat Tomato, and Bonnie Green Bell Pepper) or comparable plants. In addition, the focus will be on learning to garden and incorporating fresh vegetables into family meals. Participants will also be required to keep a gardening journal.

Tier II

Tier II continues the development of gardening skills while providing gardening experiences that promote production and the comparison of multiple varieties and increased number of plants. The summer project will include the following types of plants: tomato (3), bell pepper (2), banana pepper (2), jalapeno pepper (2), zucchini (2), yellow squash (2), or comparable plants. The focus will continue to be on learning to garden, incorporating fresh vegetables into family melas, and also adding a community component requiring the participant to donate 10 percent of produce grown to the community. Participants will be required to keep a gardening journal.

Who Can Participate?

Any youth, 9–18 years old by January 1, 2019, may participate in either the tier I or tier II Alabama 4-H Grows Garden Project. To participate, youth will need to sign up by May 3 using 4HOnline. When signing in to 4HOnline, choose either the tier I or tier II garden project. Because this is a pilot project, we will be limiting the number of participants (individual or clubs) to 30 for tier I and 40 for tier II during the summer of 2019.

For more information, contact your county Extension office. Click here to view the directory. 

Alabama 4-H Grows resource materials include:

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

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