“Watching him pick his food, it was nice to know that I helped someone put food on their table”
-Reflection from a past Blitz Mentor
Many members of the Green Bay community have a desire to grow their own food but little or no gardening experience. The Garden Mentor Program pairs experienced growers with new gardeners, so that they have the support they need to have a successful growing season. We believe that a gardener who has a positive first growing experience will be more likely to continue to garden.
Mentoring partnerships grow not only food, but also strong and connected communities. Garden mentors are paired with gardeners from their neighborhoods as much as possible in order to build relationships among neighbors. Mentors and mentees will have the chance to meet for the first time at a mentorship gathering in April and will then arrange future meetings based on their own schedules.
Are you an experienced gardener, ready to help a new gardener grow? Become a garden mentor!
Every garden mentor is assigned one mentee to meet with five times over the course of the season, in order to provide guidance and build gardening confidence. Dates, times, and location are up to you! Mentors will receive a mentoring guide filled with helpful handouts, tips, and a schedule of topics to cover. There's also room for flexibility and creativity.
Questions? Contact Brown County UW-Extension Community Garden Coordinator Margaret Franchino at (920)391-4660 or firstname.lastname@example.org