Cultivate Training Garden
The Cultivate Training Garden Enterprise trains Storm Lake youth alongside mentors to grow and sell produce in order to build work ethic, learn about agriculture, and develop competency for future job opportunities.
In the Garden
The Cultivate Garden Training Enterprise (began in 2015) takes place on two 5-acres of plots land; one is located behind Seneca Center, and the other is north off Expansion Blvd.
Key sponsors of this project include: Buena Vista Community Foundation, Farm Credit, Ag Partners, Thrivent.
Junior Master Gardener Training
Through Cultivate, youth are engaged in planting seeds, raising seedlings, planting, weeding, maintaining, watering, harvesting, helping with CSA, and eventually hosting the Annual Harvest Days Celebration for the community. They learn from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum developed by Texas A&M and used by 4-H. The youth work alongside Bridge mentors and IA State Extension Master Gardeners, tracking their hours in order to earn points toward trips, rewards, and scholarships.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Cultivate
Share in the risks and rewards of our local community farm! Become a member of The Bridge of Storm Lake's Cultivate CSA and pick up a box of fresh, local, and chemical-free vegetables for every week for 12 weeks. The CSA will run from the end of May to August 7.
Full $300 [for 2-4 people], $25/week for 12 weeks
Half $200 [for 1-2 people], $16.67/week for 12 weeks
To reserve your share, please fill out this form and then send your check to The Bridge. For more information, contact Phillip firstname.lastname@example.org .
Annual Harvest Days Celebration
When the gardening seasons ends, The Bridge hosts a family-friendly, community event to celebrate! This annual event includes a corn maze, petting zoo, yard games, pumpkin patch, hayrides, inflatables, and more.
The 2017 Harvest Days was held Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1.
All photo credits: Kristine Brandenberger at A Colorful Reality