Garden-in-a-Box is designed to teach gardening and encourage healthy eating habits to low-income families and school children.

The Garden-in-a-Box kit includes a raised bed garden box, soil, vegetable plants, fencing, an informational packet on vegetable gardening, and a class on beginning gardening along with other educational materials.

The Garden-in-a-Box program continues to grow. In 2013 we donated 300 kits and in 2014 our goal is to provide another 300 garden kits to new program participants and give away vegetable plants to last year's gardeners, plus offering gardening advice and educational materials to previous program participants. The kits will be distributed through non profits and schools at no cost to the program participants. New for 2014 MSHS staff and expert garden mentors will make site visits and help with any problems that have arisen, give advice, and receive updates-verbal and visual-on how succesful the participants have been in their gardens.

In 2013 we donated:

  • 150,966 lbs. of soil
  • 5,048 vegetable plants
  • to 1,766 children and their families.

The Garden-in-a-Box program has spanned the Twin Cities, Duluth and Red Wing. Your support will help us provide the knowledge of how to garden and grow one's own food, which can last a timetime; teaching members of the community how to do something as well as providing the materials to complete the tasks themselves allows people to take ownership of the project.

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