MSU Extension, AFFEW offering summer gardening programs

June 1, 2023

MSU Extension, AFFEW offering summer gardening programs

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Michigan State University Extension and AFFEW (A Few Friends of the Environment of the World) are offering three gardening programs this summer for various ages. Each program is free and will be held at the U Dig It Community Garden located behind the Ludington United Methodist Church, 5810 E. Bryant Rd. 


The Great Garden Detective

  • Ages 7 and 8
  • Thursdays, June 22 – July 27
  • 10 a.m. to noon

Attendees will be planting, harvesting and tasting foods grown over the summer. The series uses interactive games and mindfulness activities to explore healthy eating. Topics include: What does it take to grow a garden? Using our senses to explore food; Where does food come from? How to plant and care for a garden.

AFFEW Youth Program

  • Ages 9 to 11
  • Thursdays, June 22 – July 27

Similar topics to the Great Garden Detective program with additional focus on art and insect identification.

Planting Seeds for Health

  • Adults
  • Tuesdays, June 20 through Aug. 1

10 a.m. to noon

  • Planting Seeds for Health is an interactive six week series for adults focusing on: 
  • The connection between gardening, nutrition, and being physically active.
  • Exploring the basics of how to plant and care for a garden.
  • Creating a healthy plate and sampling foods that are available throughout the summer. 
  • Sharing resources and recipes to maximize seasonal foods while eating on a budget. 

Participants are asked to commit to attending at least four sessions of the Planting Seeds for Health program. 

To register, contact Kendra Gibson at Mason County MSU Extension Office, 231-845-3363 or

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