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Alabama 4-H Grows participation

The Alabama 4-H Grows Garden Project offers young people hands-on gardening experiences. Each tier, or level, provides a different gardening experience by directly engaging in getting-their-hands-dirty gardening education. Any youth, 9–18 years old by January 1 may participate. Register in 4HOnline or with your county Extension office.

Tier I

Tier I is a novice gardening project. It addresses having limited access to gardening space, such as living in an apartment or an urban setting. Youth enrolled in the tier I project will grow three Bonnie Plants (eggplant, tomato, and bell pepper) or comparable plants in 5-gallon buckets while keeping a gardening journal. The focus will be on learning to garden and incorporating fresh vegetables into family meals.

Tier II

Tier II continues the development of gardening skills while providing gardening experiences that promote production with an 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), yellow squash and zucchini seeds, or comparable plants. The focus will continue to be on learning to garden, incorporating fresh vegetables into family meals, and keeping a gardening journal. This project is designed for a 4′ x 12′ raised bed or traditional soil garden that provides approximately 60 square feet of garden space.

Tier III

Tier III is an advanced project that continues the development of gardening skills while promoting produce production and starting a produce business. This project will include the following types of plants: tomatoes (6), cherry tomatoes (6), bell peppers (6), banana peppers (6), yellow squash or zucchini seeds, or comparable plants. The focus will be introduce young people to the concept of forming a business, creating a business plan, and marketing and selling produce to the community through various outlets, such as a local farmers market. This project will require approximately 144 square feet of raised bed or 200 square feet of traditional gardening space.

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

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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