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October Gleaning -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on volunteer gleaning projects.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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October Winterizing -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on winterizing your garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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October Journal Review -- Gardening To Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on reviewing your garden journal.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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September Types of Gardens -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on the different kinds of gardens you could cultivate.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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September Hobbies and Businesses -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on how your interest in gardening can be a hobby or even a business.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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September Salsa -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on home-canned salsa!

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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August Sharing Produce -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on sharing your produce with others.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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August Different Ways to Garden -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on the different ways you can garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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August Pickling -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on pickling, which is preserving a food with acid and salt.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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July Pollinators -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on pollinators in the garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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July Annuals and Perennials -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on annuals and perennials.

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July Jams and Jellies -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on making jams and jellies.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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July Pest Management -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on managing pests.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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June Weeds -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on managing weeds.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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June Food Safety for Harvesting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on food safety for harvesting. When growing plants for consumption, whether for oneself or others, it is important to protect them from outside pests and follow safe procedures when handling produce from harvest to consumption.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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June Early Harvesting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on harvesting in the early season. Garden harvests tend to be more bountiful in late spring and early fall, but several plants may be ready in early summer. Onions, radishes, lettuce, peas, spinach, turnips, rhubarb, and strawberries may be ready now if not already harvested. Each plant will have different indicators to identify when it is ready to harvest.

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June Dehydration -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on preserving produce with dehydration. Dehydrating is a great way to enjoy your produce year-round! Drying foods is simple, safe, fun, and easy to learn. There are several advantages of drying foods; it is the least expensive food preservation method and very easy to do. It takes up much less storage space because food shrinks in size when moisture is removed, and drying concentrates the food’s flavor and nutrition.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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May Transplanting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on transplanting. Transplanting is moving plants that are already growing to a new place to continue growing.

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May Soil Health -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on soil health. Soil acts as a water filter, provides habitat for billions of organisms, and serves as a foundation for our cities and towns.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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May Plant Care -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on plant care. The three basic needs of your plants are water, sun, and nutrition.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Garden Journaling -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on creating a gardening journal.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Ways to Garden -- Gardening To Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

Did you know about the different ways you can garden? Or have you thought about some of the things you need to consider when selecting the way you would like to garden? Here we have a variety of choices you can make as you begin to garden.

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April Planting Seeds -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on tips for planting your seeds.

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April Planning Your Space -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

Planning is key to a successful garden. Take some time to utilize the worksheet in your initial stages of dreaming your summer garden. The worksheet is the beginning of your garden journal. Keeping a journal is a diary of what you planted, learned, and achieved.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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March Food Pantries -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on connecting with food pantries in your area.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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March Seed Starting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on starting seeds indoors.

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March Planning Worksheet -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson provides questions to help you plan your garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Giant Pumpkin Story -- On the Go Lesson
Anyone who has grown giant pumpkins will agree, the life cycle of a giant pumpkin is fast, enormously strong, and furious. Many things are needed to grow a large pumpkin, including a giant pumpkin seedling, and preparing the soil so it has the correct nutrients. Giant pumpkin record holders also share that they mound the soil over the vine to create a double root system. Most of the prized pumpkins are at least 10 feet from the main root. Check out the life cycle of this giant pumpkin using the handout provided. Then create your own model of the life cycle of a pumpkin, and create a fun jack-o-lantern.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.
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Don't Toss It Grow It -- On the Go Lesson
When you eat celery or lettuce, do you use the stalks and then discard the base? What do you do when your potatoes grow roots in the pantry? Do you toss them? These vegetables can regenerate from the base of the plant and regrow new, which is called vegetative propagation.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Vegetable Garden Project Worksheet -- Iowa 4-H Youth Development


This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, and then printed; or it can be printed and completed manually.
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Growing in the Garden: K-3 Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Elementary Curriculum includes more than forty classroom and after-school program lessons and more than one hundred hands-on activities intended to enhance and increase knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, food and people.

These lessons and activities are designed for children in grades K-3, but can be modified for any age. Each unit of lessons is organized to progress from easier to more advanced.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program. Additional information on this program is available on the Connecting Learning and Living webpage.
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Harvesting and Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit

Tips on preparing and handling vegetables for 4-H and youth exhibits, including details for 40 different vegetables.
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Preparing Cut Flowers and Houseplants for Exhibits
Learn all the ins and outs of exhibiting cut flowers and houseplants at flower shows and fairs. Details provided for 16 different flowers.
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