Ongoing Support

At Growing Places (GP), we know that food gardening education never stops, so to help our Teaching Garden graduates and established gardeners continue their gardening success we offer ongoing support straight through their Teaching Garden year and beyond.

Garden Setup 
All Teaching Garden graduates are eligible for assistance establishing a garden of their own – be it installing a backyard or institutional garden, setting up a container garden, or joining a local community garden. Growing Places also connects GP gardeners with sources for materials such as lumber, soil, seeds and seedlings, which are typically available at discounted prices or for free.

Workshops and Cooking Classes
Check our calendar for upcoming gardening-related workshops and healthy garden-to-table dinners.

Newsletters & Blog
In years past, Growing Places has supported our gardeners with regular newsletters that include helpful tips on gardening, recipes, articles and more. Starting Spring 2015, we’ll be transitioning to a blog available through this website, Dig IN! with Growing Places, to share the gardening lessons and goings on in the Teaching Gardens.

Assistant Guru Positions
Many of our Teaching Garden graduates enjoy their experience in our Teaching Gardens so much so that they want to continue for a second season. As a way to stay connected to GP and continue to learn alongside our experienced Gurus, we encourage interested graduates to apply to become volunteer Assistant Gurus. Because every season brings new lessons and shared experiences in the garden, this is an excellent opportunity for grads to extend their gardening education while also giving back to GP!

Opportunity to Improve the Programs
Growing Places surveys all gardeners for five years after receipt of a garden of the program so that we can evaluate our effectiveness. This gives gardeners an opportunity to make a difference in our programs and services so that future gardeners benefits from their experience.