Idaho Victory Garden Series Prepares Families to Grow Fresh Food

Friday, January 7 2011


The National Gardening Association estimates that a 25-by-25-foot home vegetable garden can produce an average of $400-$600 of produce each season. And for those short on space, even the tiniest yard or patio can yield bountiful harvests with a little planning and preparation. Want to grow a garden with your family this year but have doubts including:

  • Don’t think you have a green thumb?
  • Don’t think you have enough space?
  • Think it’s too expensive? Too hard? Too time consuming?
  • Think it takes a lot of fancy equipment?
  • Don’t think you’ll know what to do with all that produce?

Think again!

Enroll in the University of Idaho Extension’s Idaho Victory Garden Series. Six classes will prepare you to grow fresh, safe, healthy food for your families and save money doing it! Learn about soil, composting, building raised beds, planning a productive vegetable garden, managing insects weeds and diseases, organic basics, gardening with kids, smart watering, container gardening, choosing and caring for fruits and berries, safe home food preservation, storage, backyard chickens and more.

Victory Garden classes will be taught by University of Idaho Extension faculty, master gardeners, food safety advisers and local experts who will share their knowledge and skills in home food production with you and your family in a fun, interactive, hands-on format.

Course fee includes a jam-packed notebook and your own copies of our favorite reference books. Some materials will be available in Spanish, as well! Class size is limited to the first 60 participants.

Classes will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. from Feb. 10 to March 17 at the Grace Episcopal Church Community Hall at 411 10th Ave. S. in Nampa. The course materials fee will be $45, plus $5 for each additional family member.

To register or for more info, contact Ariel Agenbroad, Canyon County Extension at (208) 459-6003 or canyon@uidaho.edu. Visit http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/canyon to learn more.