Last year, nearly 1,000 community members, young and old, participated in our programming, like our Market Baskets cooking classes, cultivating vegetables and herbs in our greenhouse and hoophouse, and learning about vermicomposting.

In partnership with institutional collaborators such as Mayo Clinic Health System, Western Technical College, UW-La Crosse, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, the South Side Community Center, and Viterbo University, our programming aims to provide community members with the skills and resources to grow and prepare healthy food, and create a regenerative cycle by building healthy soil from food waste.  

All the programs below are FREE to the public. There is the opportunity to pay $50 to go home with your own functioning worm bin after a Vermicomposting workshop. 

Come & Grow

Come and Grow is a program where we invite community members of any age, ability, background, and experience to have the opportunity to learn organic gardening skills and techniques through hands-on experience. Our two growing facilities, the greenhouse and hoop house, allow us to have diverse growing environments and a wide range of growing topics to explore. Participants are encouraged to take home some produce after the program to enjoy! You will learn the following:

general plant care | watering | fertilizing | pruning | planting | transplanting | seeding | weeding| pest and disease management | how to manage a raised garden bed | square foot gardening | how to trellis plants | container gardening | companion planting | soil preparation

Summer Come & Grow takes place at our hoop house (located a the Washburn neighborhood garden on Division Street between 9th and 10th. They take place on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Please go HERE to register.

Market Baskets

The Market Baskets Program teaches food skills by providing free, hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations to the La Crosse Community. Food skills are a combination of knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to prepare and preserve safe, nutritious, and culturally representative food. The goals of the cooking classes are to teach community members how to incorporate fresh, local produce into easy-to-prepare, affordable recipes that can be prepared by all ages using a variety of kitchen tools.

This Summer and Fall, Hillview, along with UW Extension and The La Crosse Family YMCA, is offering cooking classes teaching food preservation! Regular Market Baskets classes are being offered as well. Please go HERE to see the full list of classes, descriptions, and to register. (Some class sizes are limited.)

The Vermicomposting Center

Have you ever wished there was an easy way to dispose of your food waste other than the landfill? Let’s open up a can of worms at our vermicomposting workshop where you can learn about composting at home (that means no mess and no smells). Not only will you learn how to sustainably dispose of food waste but you will also be able to create wonderful, nutritious fertilizer for your garden, house plants, and yard!

Worm Wednesdays are held at our Greenhouse on Vine and 7th. Composting at home made easy is taught at the Vermicomposting Center at the Washburn neighborhood garden on Division Street between 9th and 10th. Please go HERE to see the full list of classes, descriptions, and to register. Please be aware that the workshops are FREE unless you wish to purchase the materials to make your own worm bin! ($50 fee)