Jan 29, 2014
Hi! My name is Amanda and I am from a small town in south central Iowa. Farming is part of our culture here. It is weaved deep into our history. I was a young girl from a family that had parents that were not farmers, however. My mother was a nurse and my father a laborer. Farming was something that the generations before us did. Now most people look at Iowa and see a culture of corn. But if you go deep enough, you will find farmers that do more than corn. I, personally, am not a large scale farmer. I am a urbaneer if you will. Heck I even live in town on a small lot. Over the last few years I have developed a passion for growing food. I have also found, not so surprisingly, that kids really enjoy it too. Even better? They like to eat what they grow! Living in a small town is hard on kids, especially if there is not much for activities. I have children ranging from nine to fifteen and the options are pretty basic. Sports from grade six and up or nada. As I began my own adventure of gardening and growing food for my family I decided that I wanted to start something for kids in my local area. My goal is to start up a program for the Spring and Summer of 2014 for children of Appanoose county Iowa.

One of our raised bed gardens that is available for the club members to use in 2014.

Over the winter months I will be planning activities for children in my local community to become involved in growing food and learning to eat what they have grown. The Earth provides all we need for sustainable life and actually it is a lot of fun watching this magic happen.

I invite you to join me on this journey. A journey to provide activities for our children that offer positive enforcement, growth, learning, and basic life principles. I look forward to meeting parents and discussing opportunities for our children in the coming year!

Sign ups are available via our blog. You can browse through our archives to find detailed information on each session that is available at this point.
What's Growing On is currently accepting donations for next year's project. Please contact Amanda if you would like to make a donation. Donations will lower the cost of supplies for children that plan to participate in the 2014 year. Update! We have received some sponsorship from Gardeningwithkids.org. They have donated items that are being given to the garden club members. We are still accepting any cash donations as well. You can mail them to:
Amanda Bozeman
What's Growing On
511 West Van Buren St
Centerville, Iowa 52544

We are also accepting donations of gardening items, new or used. We will accept planters, lumber, pvc, gardening tools, seeds, plants, plant food, watering cans, gardening gloves, and other misc gardening items. Please mail to the above address or use my contact page to contact me for a pickup.

Updated 12/2/2013 4:51 PM

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