La Crosse (WXOW) —- Instilling a love and respect for gardening is the goal of a program in La Crosse.
It encourages connecting with other cultures through garden based learning.
Monday, 4th and 5th graders at State Road Elementary learned about Ho-Chunk culture and their use of medicinal plants through the GROW La Crosse. The lesson was made possible through a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation.
Representative Jill Billings stopped by to learn more about the Wisconsin School Garden Network but also to talk about how pollinators play an important role in growing food.
“I talked about some initiatives I’m working on with the Mississippi Parkway Commission planting butterfly seed bombs up and down the river so monarchs and bees are attracted to this area and have food and then pollinate our food that we eat,” said Billings.
GROW provides nature based education for 300 students at four area schools. They also lead science lessons and teach kids about composting in the cafeteria.