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Bridget Westrum: Cultivating a Love of Gardening with Growing Our Future

People talk all the time about how we aren't going to have a future... I sort of want a future... a good one!... and I want everyone else to, too!  So, I might as well start somewhere and just get some stuff done...and everyone should be able to garden. - Bridget Westrum, 16 

She had never grown anything before, but when the Covid-19 isolation blues hit last spring, Bridget Westrum decided to try a garden. Her venture quickly grew into a passion. Today, she’s spreading her love of growing food with other kids in the Bemidji area. Her Growing Our Future initiative offers free gardening starter kits to anyone under 18. Kits include seeds, seed trays, spray bottles, and more. In addition to the kits, she’s organized a gardening hotline for kids to connect with older gardeners when they have questions, and she’s establishing a gardening arsenal young growers can access for various gardening needs.  Her initiative sprouted when she learned of a grant opportunity with the Minnesota Youth Council.  Learn about Bridget and her mission to create a brighter future with her Growing Our Future project in this segment! 


Have kids in your life that would like a gardening kit? Connect with Bridget on her Growing our Future Facebook page!


Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.