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The Southern Boone Learning Garden is located in Ashland, MO and has been around since 2007.

VISION: The SBLG will educate and engage the Southern Boone Community in healthy eating, active living, and environmental stewardship.

MISSION: The mission of the SBLG is to provide outdoor classroom space and resources; to facilitate fun, authentic learning experiences that challenge students to embrace positive life skills; and to promote collaborative efforts between the SBLG, the Southern Boone School District, and the comunity.


Check out our site, see some pics and videos, download our lesson plans, and email us at sobocogarden@gmail.com to make a donation or volunteer your time!

Update--Learning Garden Fall 2011:

Board of Directors


--The Board convened for the first time in November. About 17 members representing the community at large, the school district, local government, as well city and county agencies like Extension, the Dept. of Ag, the Health Department, and the Regional Planning Commission.

--First accomplishment, a revised mission statement!

VISION: The SBLG will educate and engage the Southern Boone Community in healthy eating, active living, and environmental stewardship.

MISSION:The mission of the SBLG is to provide outdoor classroom space and resources; to facilitate fun, authentic learning experiences that challenge students to embrace positive life skills; and to promote collaborative efforts between the SBLG, the Southern Boone School District, and the comunity.

--Next up: Obtain 501(c)3 status.

--Meetings, open to everyone so please feel free to attend. Next one is Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-9 pm. At the middle school, Rebekah Hammett's classroom in the 7th grade hallway.

Fall 2011 Garden Activities


--Jenny Grabner (co-founder) successfully worked with each grade level team from pre-K through 5th grade and led a garden activity for all 33 teachers at the primary and elementary school this fall! Hats off to her for an excellent program this year.

--Partnering with Extension to implement Early Sprouts, a preschool gardening and nutrition program that lets kids explore veggies growing in the garden, helps them cook them up in the classroom, then sends them home with recipes and ingredients to share with their families. This is a great program, and we are so pleased that Mrs. Glascock is giving it a try. So far it's a hit!

--An enthusiastic crew of volunteers organized our first-ever Local Food Lunch, held in November. We raised some funds, built relationships with local food producers, and found some new supporters. A highlight of this day for me was having kids in the school kitchen, overflowing with excitement about helping to prepare the meal.

Funding


--In December, we received an anonymous donation of $500. What a neat Christmas present for the garden! And what a great community that gets behind the garden in so many ways.

--Also in December, we submitted a grant to the Whole Kids Foundation to begin the fundraising for a large hoop house on the garden site. This greenhouse will encourage the year-round use of the garden, offering shelter from inclement weather, seating for classroom activities, room for food preparation, and of course more room to grow food! Cross your fingers that we are granted this $2000 award!

--Also in December, the Community Garden Coalition approved $1000 in funding for the hoophouse project. Hurray!

--Boone Electric's Community Trust: We'd like to approach the Trust for assistance with the greenhouse project. Do you know someone on their board of trustees? If so, let me know so we can talk to them about this possibility! (Board members: Nonie Dudley, Bobbie Glascock, Jr., Maxine Glenn, Ellen Kesterson, Mike McKeown, Kay K. Roberts, Rita Schulte, Sid Sullivan and Richard Truesdell.)

--MO Department of Agriculture's Local Foods Matching Grant: Up to $5000 awarded, applications accepted until June or funds run out. We'll apply for this as soon as we have the "match" committed. The hoop house project looks to cost about $8000 (this includes running electricity to the greenhouse), so we need at least $4000 committed in order to apply.

Site Expansion


--We have been talking with Gary McKinney about potentially putting in a new garden behind the new library when it's built. This'll be a slow process of working out details and making sure it's a good fit for us as well as the library, but if all goes well we will be able to install a new garden and expand our services to students on the north campus in the Fall of 2013!

Spring 2012 Plans

--Scout Work Day being planned for March 17. Stay tuned for details!

--After-school program to resume in March! This spring, we'll have spots for 15 fifth graders, and we'll be really trying to incorporate cooking and nutrition into the program. Would you like to be a core volunteer for this program?

--Facilitate one garden lesson for each pre-K through 5th grade class. Continue working with the preschool to implement the Early Sprouts program.

Volunteers


--This fall, we logged 440 volunteer hours. Folks have pitched in to water, weed, fix cold frames, help with classes, write articles for the Boone County Journal, fundraise, it goes on an on.

--Over 100 parents at the primary and elementary schools sent back our volunteer form indicating they'd like to help the SBLG by attending a garden class with their child or sending in supplies. Now we need to figure out how best to engage these parents.

--Last time I checked, there were at least 31 active volunteers that do everything from help maintain the garden to long-range planning. You all rock!!!

I know I've missed some things, but I hope this helps you get a feel for the scope of what the Southern Boone Learning Garden is doing and planning!

Happy New Year!
Lesli Moylan, SBLG co-founder