Growing up in the garden
By Jennifer Doup
Purdue Extension is offering a Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program that teaches youths skills and lessons they can cultivate for a lifetime.
"The JMG program is much like the adult Master Gardener program," says Kathryn Orvis, Indiana JMG program coordinator. Indiana master gardeners are volunteers who get training on horticulture topics and then educate the public about gardening through classes, activities and demonstrations.
The program is designed for third- through fifth-grade students, although those through the 12th grade can participate. Groups of at least five youths and one teacher or leader can start the program. Each group will have its own page on the JMG Web site and will be eligible for awards, contests and camps. Program information, including registration and activities, is also available online.
Purdue is a state partner with Texas A&M University, which developed the JMG program.