February 20, 2018
In April & May, we will hold our 2nd annual spring plant sale at our campus at 5602 Read Street in Omaha. The purpose of the plant sale is to raise funds to support our ongoing garden education programs in the Omaha-metro area and to encourage people to grow their own food in their own backyard. This fundraiser is open to the public April 19-May 19 THU-FRI-SAT from 9am-2pm.
At the plant sale, we will offer high-quality vegetable, herb, and perennial flower seedlings that have been sustainably-grown in our greenhouses using organic practices. Our staff have been cultivating the seedlings in our greenhouses since January. In 2017, we grew 15,000 seedlings; in 2018, we are projected to grow 23,000 seedlings. Half of these are given free-of-charge to our school and childcare center gardens; the other half will be sold to the public through the plant sale.
There will be a wide variety of heirlooms available as well as limited quantities of popular ornamentals such as pansies. Some of the offerings include: prairie flowers, basil, sage, tarragon, thyme, strawflower, celosia, lettuce, poppies, hostas, eggplants, tomatoes, basil, squash, lemon verbena, oregano, parsley, rosemary, gomphrena, marigolds, calendula, onions, leeks, bachelor’s button, chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, lemon balm, mint, nasturtium, zinnia, chard, melons, geranium, kale, collards, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, poppies, cucumbers, watermelons, tomatillos, and pumpkins.
Proceeds from the plant sale will support school-based and childcare-based classes in low-income areas of Omaha. During the academic year, our educators teach classes in several OPS schools. Participants learn how to grow vegetables and herbs in their school garden as well as how to properly harvest, cook, and preserve these crops through various methods. In the summer, we hire & train young adult interns to teach gardening skills in schools and childcare centers all across the metro. In 2017, our summer program reached more than 900 children each week. All plant sales will directly benefit these programs.
For more information, contact info@BigGarden.org.