How To Apply

Registration for the 2019 program has been extended to April 6, 2019.

Read the Requirements of the Program below and apply through our online application. This application is for potential new and returning program participants.

Requirements of the Program

Preferred Characteristics of Applicants

  • Works with youth, families and/or peoples of low-income.
  • Has a high amount of participants actively gardening (planting, maintenance, and harvest).
  • Multiple staff/volunteers assisting in garden endeavor.
  • Staff/volunteers and participants committed to regular (weekly or more) visits to garden.
  • Garden activities are linked to overarching educational concepts on horticulture, nutrition, biology, etc.
  • Has participants (can be more than one group) tending the garden for entire growing season (May-October).
  • Can commit to working with the Garden-in-a-Box program for 3 years.

Requirements for Garden-in-a-Box (GIAB) Program

  • Arrange to pick-up all materials from a distribution site in May. (2019 sites planned for St. Paul (The Good Acre), Grand Rapids (Second Harvest Heartland), Wadena (Wadena High School), New Ulm (Jefferson Elementary) and Rochester (Sargent's on 2nd)
  • Fully plant the boxes and confirm garden locations within 2 weeks of pickup.
  • Make GIAB kits and directly related activities available at no cost to participants.
  • Schedule a site visit with the GIAB Coordinator.
  • Maintain and harvest the garden for the FULL growing season.  (May-October).
  • Respond promptly to requests for: photos of gardens and participants, testimonials and harvest estimates.
  • All submitted photos can be used by MSHS to promote the program and MSHS’ mission, now and in the future, for any purpose that supports MSHS’ mission, including but not limited to: materials used for educational, promotional, advertising and fundraising purposes.
  • Complete the final evaluation form.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from March 1 through April 6, 2019. You will be contacted by email about the status of your application. We hope you will help us bring a passion for gardening to families and children, building skills they can use for a lifetime.

2018 Wait List

If you contacted us previously and were added to our wait list, you will receive an invitation to apply for the 2019 program when the application form is available.

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