4-H Urban Gardening...

Introduces children to the wonderful world of gardening.

Mentored by caring 4-H volunteers.

4-H Urban Gardening Grows:

  • Pride
  • Respect
  • Discipline
  • Self-esteem
  • Responsibility
  • A spirit of sharing
  • Teaches Life-long skills
  • An appreciation of nature

4-H staff members along with Master Gardeners and other adult volunteers from local churches and other organizations donate their time, talents, and gardening skills to mentor young gardeners. Gardeners meet once-a-week for a 2-hour period from mid-May through mid-September.

4-H member Brianna MacGregor receives President's Volunteer Service Award
     Letter from Obama


Here's a few of the kids enjoying their gardens...



Belle River Elementary in Marine City


Garden Programming
4-H staff, volunteers, and special guests present story-telling, arts & crafts, as well as schedule picnics and tours throughout the growing season.

Garden Journals
Children receive a garden journal to record their garden’s progress. This helps reinforce reading, writing, and math skills over the summer months.

Weather Station
Children have the opportunity to improve their math and reading skills by recording weekly rainfall, temperature, and wind velocity.

Plant-A-Row for the Hungry
Youth not only receive but also share their bounty in this MSU Extension sponsored program, delivering fresh produce to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Current 4-H Urban Garden Sites in St. Clair County:

  • Algonac Elementary School, Wednesdays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Belle River Elementary School, Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Neighborhood, Thursdays 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


  • The National 4-H Council in partnership with J.C. Penney Company and the National Organization on Disability
  • The St. Clair County Community Foundation
  • The Youth Advisory Council
  • Seeds of Change
  • St. Clair County 72nd District Court
  • Port Huron Optimist
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Seaway Garden Center, Algonac
  • Gardens & Beyond, St. Clair

Previous Supporters:

  • St. Clair County 4-H Council
  • Master Gardener Association
  • Port Huron Rotary Club
  • America the Beautiful Fund
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Blue Water Women's League
  • Indian Summer Recycling
  • Algonac Elementary FCC