It’s gardening season in the Bluegrass state.  Before you get your hands dirty preparing the garden beds, make sure you involve your children.

Gardening has many benefits for children beyond fresh fruits and vegetables. Research has shown that youth gardening projects increase young people’s self-esteem, teach them responsibility, improve relationships with family members and increase parents’ involvement in their child’s school.

Research conducted by several land-grant institutions found similar outcomes among young participants in Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener Program. Their findings include an increased youth interest in science and in overall learning, higher test scores in science, a greater interest in eating more fruits and vegetables and an increase desire to give back to their community through other projects outside of the classroom. 

Even if you aren’t a gardener, you can get your young person involved in gardening through 4-H. In (COUNTY NAME), 4-H offers the following gardening programs (AGENTS: LIST YOUR PROGRAMS HERE.)

For more information on youth gardening projects, contact the (COUNTY NAME) Extension office.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Contact: Ashley Osborne, 4-H youth development specialist