The Youth Garden Giants Project will take place rain or shine on Monday, June 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tall Pines Community Garden on the corner of North Memorial Drive and East 6th Street in Merrill. This project is open all youth. The youth gardeners will be able to grow and harvest their own kohlrabi, zucchini, watermelon, tomatoes and other vegetables. There is no fee to participate. Please register by Wednesday, June 6, by contacting the UW-Extension Office at 715-539-1072 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still room to enroll in the Youth Tractor and Machinery Safety Workshop on June 18-21. The workshop is open to youth ages 12-16 and will take place at the Merrill High School Agricultural Education Classroom and will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The course includes classroom safety instruction for tractor and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge, and how to approach farm safety with a positive attitude. The course will conclude with a written and driving tests. The course is designed for youth ages 14-15 that need the federal certificate of training for employment on farms, youth ages 12-16 who will be operating tractors or self-propelled farm machinery on public roads for their own family, and youth interested in tractor and machinery safety. Participants must attend the full 24 hours of instruction to be certified. The workshop is limited to 20 students. The fee for this class is $75 per youth, which includes the training manual and handouts due on June 1. Please contact the UW-Extension office at 715-539-1072 for registration information.