Pre-kinder-‘gardeners’ grow garlic in Hurley WI

This article was originally printed in Your Daily Globe  11/2/2012.

HURLEY – Pre-kindergarten students at the Hurley K-12 School got their hands dirty on Thursday planting garlic in the school garden.

Deb Leonard, educator for the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program for the Iron County University of Wisconsin-Extension office, has taken every class from pre-k through sixth grade out to the garden to learn more about garlic.

“The kids learned how to plant garlic, when it will grow and what we can do with it,” Leonard said. “A lot of the kids talked about how their parents or grandparents planted garlic, and how they were the same.”

It is the second school-wide project that has taken place in the garden. This summer, students planted lettuce and radishes used in the salad bar for three meals at the school.

“Our goal for the garlic is to use some in a spaghetti sauce for a meal,” Leonard said. “We don’t know yet if the meal will be community-based or just in the school, because we’re still planning it out.” For some students, planting garlic was their first gardening experience, according to Leonard.

Deb Leonard can be reached at Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, Iron County – UW-Extension, 300 Taconite Street, Suite 118, Hurley, WI 54534. Phone:  715-561-2695, Extension 2117, Fax:  715-561-2704 Email:  deborah.leonard@ces.uwex.edu

Alternatively, you can contact Joy Schelble also of Iron County – UW Extension.  She serves as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program  and provides horticulture information to and for the county.  Her contact information is as follows: Joy Schelble, Iron County – UW-Extension, 300 Taconite Street, Suite 118, Hurley, WI 54534. Phone:  715-561-2695, Extension 2123, Fax:  715-561-2704. Email:  joy.schelble@ces.uwex.edu