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.
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 garden. Container 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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April's Feature Recipe
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.
Check out our Stuffed Peppers with Lentil Meat Sauce.