Growing Your Own Garden

Cent$ible Nutrition News • April  2022 • Volume 25 | Number 7

Spring is just around the corner, and now is a good time to start thinking about gardening. Growing your own food doesn’t have to be complicated. It is possible to create a garden that fits your space, family, budget, time commitments, and food preferences. Plus, it can be fun for the whole family! Read on for some tips on getting started, plus the benefits of gardening.   

Getting Started

CNP educator Lori Dickinson works in the community garden at the Sheridan County Extension Office.
A youth volunteer plants seedlings in the community garden in Sheridan.
A teacher and child work in the garden in Cheyenne.
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If you’ve never gardened before, starting a garden can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you begin, check out our newsletter on planning your gardenContainer gardening may also be a possibility for you. Once you know what you want to grow and what space you have available, check out our video with CNP Educator Kristy Michaels as she walks through starting seeds with Garden in a Glove. If you receive SNAP benefits, keep in mind that you can use your EBT card to purchase seeds and plants that produce food. The Gardening 101 newsletter series can walk you through transplanting seedlings, watering, and other tips for a successful garden.

Growing your own fruits and vegetables can add more produce to your plate, but it can also do so much more. 
Gardening gets you outside and moving, can increase children’s interest in trying new foods, increase opportunities for you to spend time with friends, family, and your community, and it can boost your mood.

No matter how you choose to garden, growing and cultivating plants is a great way to enjoy the summer and the pleasure of food you’ve grown by hand.

For additional resources on gardening in Wyoming, view all our Gardening 101 newsletters and the University of Wyoming gardening resources.

CNP will be partnering with the Master Gardener Association on a 5 part mini-series addressing volunteer opportunities specific to food insecurity around the state. The first event will be Monday, April 18th at 12pm MST.

Partnership News and Updates

CNP will be collaborating with the Master Gardener Association, and Barnyards and Backyards on a 5 part mini-series Grow a Little Extra: An Online Gardening and Nutrition Series. CNP will be addressing volunteer opportunities specific to food insecurity around the state. The first event will be Monday, April 18th at 12pm MST through Zoom on the Wyoming Master Gardener’s Facebook page.

Grow a Little Extra is a Wyoming Hunger Initiative (WHI) project started in 2021 in coordination with CNP and UWE. The project encourages Wyoming gardeners to grow extra produce to donate. More infromation about the Grow a Little Extra Project and WHI can be found here.

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Look to all our social media platforms for regular content posting and updates! 

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April's Feature Recipe

overhead view of cooked stuffed bell peppers on plate on wooden table

Stuffed Green Peppers

This recipe comes together fast using a few of CNP’s pantry staples. Experiment with colors, fillings, or grains for a fun twist on this easy dinner.

Going Meatless?

Check out our Stuffed Peppers with Lentil Meat Sauce.

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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