Wisconsin School Garden Initiative
The Wisconsin School Garden Initiative, or WSGI, is working to build a statewide network among Wisconsin garden educators. We hope that joining forces and sharing resources will make youth gardens stronger, and that stronger gardens will continue to improve the health of Wisconsin children. WSGI also works to support new and existing gardens at schools, after school sites, and early childhood centers.
WSGI exists because Wisconsin is full of passionate educators who have seen how gardens can make a difference in the lives of their students, and even more educators who envision a garden and want to get started. The momentum behind youth gardening is strong, and for good reason: research shows that gardens help improve child health, and can be used as a vehicle for academic instruction.
Each garden is full of inspiring stories. These stories unite us, and can help grow the youth garden movement in Wisconsin into a youth garden network – a web of inspiration and resources from garden to garden and from city to city. WSGI is here to help facilitate that process, much like building a shared tool shed in a community garden. Youth garden trainings and technical support make up one corner of the shed, including support for new gardens. Communication via social media and a monthly newsletter are another. Research relating school gardens and childhood obesity prevention made up a third corner. The fourth corner of the WSGI tool shed is up to you – your comments, ideas, stories, and questions will shape WSGI as it develops. Join us in building a structure, and a movement, that will help every Wisconsin student experience the joy of a school garden.