Youth Contests

Each year, Gateway Greening hosts two, youth-specific contests to encourage students to get outside and explore their school gardens!

Sweet Potato Challenge

Plant sweet potatoes in your bed this May!

Gateway Greening Youth Gardens are eligible to register in the Sweet Potato ChallengeSweet potatoes are easy to maintain over the summer, improve soil health, fun to harvest, and have numerous classroom connections. 

All participating gardens will receive 15 FREE sweet potato slips (enough for a 4′ x 12′ garden bed) and additional slips will be available for purchase.  

Sweet Potato slips can be picked up toward the end of May at the Gateway Greening Demonstration Garden, 38 41 Bell Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. The exact date is dependent on growing conditions and will be announced via email earlier in May.

All gardens will receive a participation sign. Five gardens will win awards for Heaviest Harvest, Heaviest Potato, Weirdest Tater, Longest Vine, and Best Use of the Harvest. The more you measure, the greater your chance of winning! All results are due by December 2nd to A submission form will be sent out before harvest time. 

Register Here 

First Peas to the Table

Join the First Peas to the Table Contest and compete with other school gardens to grow the first pea of the year! Peas are one of the earliest vegetables you can plant in the school garden and should be ready to harvest by the end of the school year. Lessons associated with peas include plant life cycles, plant adaptations, trellis engineering, and measuring!

Participating Gateway Greening youth gardens will receive free pea seeds and either an award or participation sign for their garden.

In order to compete in the First Peas to the Table contest:

1. Gateway Greening Network Youth Garden Leaders Register here
2. Pick up seed peas and information at the chosen time and location.
3. Plant your seeds starting on February 12th. Take photos of the youth planting!
4. Tend peas.
5. Measure and document harvest.
6. Submit First Peas to the Table Results by June 17. Send any photos you wish to share to

Award categories are:

First Pea to the Table

Heaviest Harvest

Most Peas Harvested

Tallest Pea Plant

Most Creative Pea Trellising

If you have any questions about the First Peas to the Table Contest, please contact Gateway Greening at 314-588-9600 ext. 106 or

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