One of the challenges Granite Staters are facing is food insecurity.
The goal of Winter Plant a Row with 4-H is to raise awareness of food insecurity in Strafford County, but it's also an activity that aims to nurture the curiosity in youth to see things grow, take care of seedlings and enjoy a healthy snack on a sandwich or in a salad.
The tiny microgreens grow from seeds and are ready for harvest when their first true leaves appear, which usually takes only a week or two after planting. Benefits of this activity are:
- To witness how seeds sprout and plants grow.
- Adding a splash of color to your home, especially during the winter.
- Experiencing the responsibility of tending and growing a miniature garden.
- Trying new flavors and combinations.
- Nutrition benefits.
All supplies needed to grow your own microgreens indoors and complete the hands-on activities will be provided as a kit. Kits will be mailed to participants beginning January 10, 2022.
Kits will include:
- Growing containers (one is a fun surprise)
- Three types of microgreen seeds
- Compacted soil
- Plant markers
- Instructions and information
How to Register
Please register for Winter Plant a Row with 4-H via 4-H online.
Registration is rolling for Winter Plant a Row and begins on January 10th, 2022.
Participation is free and all supplies needed to grow your own microgreens indoors and complete the hands-on activities will be mailed to your doorstep.
Spread the Word
Use the hashtag #plantarow603 when you post pictures of your sprouts!
While the community's extra rows are growing, you can use UNH Extension resources to learn more about food access in New Hampshire:
UNH Extension worked with the public assistance community to create the New Hampshire Food Access Map, an online platform that enables organizations to offer their services and share their needs with the public.
Find out the latest as UNH Extension builds a statewide map for farm products.