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Last Earth Day, YDL launched our Garden to Table program at YDL-Whittaker, encouraging kids to get out and grow nutritious food in our library gardens. YDL has been incorporating gardening into our programs since the Learning Garden launched at YDL-Superior in 2007. A community garden and a pollinator garden were added recently at YDL-Michigan, and last year was the first year of the YDL-Whittaker garden. This year, YDL is happy to announce that our newest garden has won two grants that will allow us to expand the growing space, grow more food, and host more cooking and nutrition programs!

The Library of Michigan has awarded YDL $1,555 in funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to support collaborative programs that bring the community into the library, and YDL also received a $500 grant is a part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening’s Gro More Grassroots Grants initiative, which seeks to connect more children with the life-enhancing and transformative benefits of gardening. We are grateful to all of our funders for supporting hands-on outdoor learning at the library.



We have a lot in store for the garden renovation at YDL-Whittaker. The now 60 sp ft. salsa garden, will be transformed into 3 raised, beds each three feet by ten feet. Each bed will be full of a variety of foods including: radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, pumpkins, carrots, strawberries, potatoes, bell peppers, and more. Plus, we’ll build a sunflower house to the garden area with beautiful sunflowers surrounding the area. 

In the warmer months, there will also be supplies for building bird feeders, a butterfly house, and we may even add a bat house. 

Check out our mapped plan below:

Help launch the expanded garden!

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Helen Rortvedt, Executive Director of KidsGardening, says “We see how gardening improves kids’ lives every day. The Gro More Grassroots Grant allows us to give thousands of children the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in the garden, sparking a curiosity and wonder that will last a lifetime.”

We are honored to receive grant support for our library garden. It is our hope that this garden will help to improve the lives of the children and families we serve.

About KidsGardening

KidsGardening has been a leader in the school and youth gardening movement since 1982, when we launched the nation’s first, and longest running, youth garden grant. We envision happier, healthier kids, learning in the garden and connecting to nature. Our mission is to ensure all kids have a garden in which to play, learn and grow. We inspire, teach and support educators and families to become empowered ambassadors of the school and youth gardening movement by providing curriculum, practical know-how and grants. 

About The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

The mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is to inspire, connect and cultivate a community of purpose. The Foundation is deeply rooted in helping create healthier communities, empower the next generation, and preserve our planet. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds non-profit entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments and multi-year capital gifts.