School gardens have been called the ultimate hands-on outdoor classroom experience.

But despite their growing popularity, starting a school garden — and keeping one going year after year — can be a challenge, said Sue Hogan, 4-H educator for Ohio State University Extension.

That’s why she’s helping coordinate “Project Green Teacher,” a weekly school garden educational program from September through November in Columbus.

“Often, people don’t know how to start a school garden,” Hogan said. “This series will offer a combination of technical information and guidance about how to approach administrators, how to get buy-in and how to get the community involved. It’s all that ‘how-to’ information that will give participants a toolkit so they can go out, start a school garden, and keep it going for years to come.”

The program will meet 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 7 at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, also known as Waterman Farm, off Lane Avenue on The Ohio State University campus. Both the farm and OSU Extension are part of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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