November 12, 2020 - Garden Mentors Help 10 New Gardeners Through Their First Seasons
Each year, new gardeners who receive a raised garden bed from the New Leaf Garden Blitz program have the opportunity to be paired with an experienced gardener through the Brown County Community Gardens Program's garden mentorship program. In 2020, 10 new Blitz gardeners, including both individuals and organizations, met with volunteer mentors throughout the growing season. Pairs covered topics ranging from garden planning and planting to pest control, harvest, and preparing for the end of the season. One gardener shared "It was so great having a mentor as our source of knowledge and our cheerleader. She was always so excited about everything we did and she was so encouraging, assuring us that we had a natural skill for gardening."
The goal of the mentorship program is to help new gardeners build gardening knowledge and confidence so they can garden independently in the future, and, out of 2020 mentees responding to an end-of-season survey, 100 percent said they would continue to garden in the future.