Winter Green Production

Sponsored by:

Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Project Champion:

Dan Schaaf

What are the appropriate grade levels:

6 through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

2 classes

Is there an opportunity for community service:


Is there a deadline for this project:

Fall through Spring

Is this a new or existing project:

New project

Estimated project cost:



Help us create planting boxes in our greenhouse where we can grow edible greens during the winter. Students will help build the soil, select seeds, lay out the rows, plant rows, and educate the public about how to grow edible greens indoors.


The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will be restructuring the south facing wall of the greenhouse to add planter boxes. Instead of planting perennials, or plants that remain living year after year, we would like to create a space where we can teach others about growing our own food through demonstration.

Students will be involved in helping to prepare the soil in the beds that will be planted. This means adding natural components to the soil that will make it healthy for greens. Next, students will decide which seeds they would like to plant while keeping in mind a diverse array of edible greens. They will learn how to lay out the rows, where to plant different varieties, and how much of each seed to sow. Finally, students will be involved in creating signage about what they did. How do you create a soil that greens like? What varieties are present? How much seed do you sow and what is the spacing?

Students are encouraged to return to the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens to harvest the greens and take them home for eating!

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