Lower Columbia School Gardens

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About the Program: 

LCSG helps schools start & sustain gardens in SW WA - dynamic outdoor classrooms where students experience the natural world & engage in hands-on learning of science, math, nutrition, ecosystems & more. Children have opportunities to connect with real food & to treat themselves, others, & the world around them with care & respect. Students often take the lead; our staff & volunteers look for the teachable moments.
LCSG supports gardens at 16 schools (and growing!), providing staff, volunteers, and supplies for weekly garden and cooking programs, and student-led events like plant sales and summer produce markets.

We serve a high-needs county - the highest rates of obesity & chronic disease, highest number of food stamp recipients, a food bank where 40% of participants are children, an area well-known for rampant drug-use & poverty. LCSG continues to connect kids & families with real food & hands-on learning, lighting the way to a brighter future for the next generation in Cowlitz County.

Program Members: 
janell bittner
Founder, Supporter, Teacher, Volunteer
Gail Bishop
Parent, Supporter, Volunteer
Ian Thompson
Administrator, Founder, Staff
Amy Haghighi
Parent, Supporter, Volunteer
MaryEllen Kiffe
Parent, Supporter, Teacher, Volunteer
Lee Ann Gekas
Founder, Supporter, Volunteer
Pat Reistroffer
Supporter, Teacher, Volunteer
Steve the Rabbit
Jason Cook
Bekah Rossetti
Parent, Volunteer
Derenda Richardson
Parent, Supporter, Volunteer
Hillary Ann
Tami Louie
Anita Hyatt
Billea Smith
Parent, Volunteer
Marquita Green
Supporter, Volunteer
Louis LaPierre
Parent, Supporter, Volunteer
Amanda Nipper
Parent, Supporter, Volunteer
Julie Merchant
emily anderson
Julia Brice

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