Bridgman Elementary School Garden Club Leader in Training Program

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $5,488.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Come and See Farm
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Manager:
Gail Holman
Come and See Farm


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: youth education

    Proposal abstract:

    Bridgman Elementary School Garden Club Leader-in-Training project (LiT) will increase the depth and quality of the fifty-member BES Garden Club program by creating a community of ten to twelve peer leaders from among the older student participants. These leaders will enhance their team-building and leadership skills while learning about local, sustainable food systems. These leadership and team-building trainings will occur after school and three Saturday gatherings and culminate with two week-long summer day camp sessions. The peer leaders will return to the BES Garden Club to share activities with the larger group in the fall.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    • Find and inspire peer leadership for an enthusiastic garden club.
    • Grow garden club capacity through developing the next generation of leaders.
    • Understand sustainable farming principles and how to implement them. 
    • Meet sustainable farmers, and learn about their business models, including CSA direct marketing and Farmers Markets.
    • Taking leadership roles as junior counselors to share what students learned with the larger garden club
    • Share the project on the Bridgman Public Schools and Come and See Farm Facebook and other social media platforms.
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