Youth Gardens Program educator training slated for Jan. 30

Thew Youth Gardens program introduces kids to science, math and other subjects by way of gardening. (Bexar County Master Gardener photo by Lou Kellogg)

The Youth Gardens Program introduces kids to science, math and other subjects by way of gardening. (Bexar County Master Gardener photo by Lou Kellogg)

SAN ANTONIO — The Bexar County Youth Gardens Program will conduct its 2016 Spring Youth Garden Educator Training from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30 in San Antonio.

The training will be held at the Phil Hardberger Park West Urban Ecology Center with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. The park is located at 8400 N.W. Military Drive.

The Youth Gardens Program is one many offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said Ruby Zavala, AgriLife Extension program coordinator, Bexar County.

“The program is designed to provide educators, volunteers, and community leaders with an innovative method for using gardens as outdoor classrooms,” she said. “This training is a great opportunity for those interested in beginning a new youth garden or enhancing an existing one as a means of educating youth in a school or community.”

Zavala said training will consist of breakout sessions covering various garden topics, including planting, plant selection, irrigation, fruit trees, food safety, insects, composting and more.

“A starter garden kit will be distributed to youth gardens that are ready for planting and plant material is provided for the school or institution,” she said.

The $20 fee includes training and lunch. Walk-ins will not be accepted, so attendees must register online at http://bit.ly/1OiJC3C.

For more information, contact Zavala at 631-0400 or Ruby.Zavala@ag.tamu.edu.

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