Program leaders: Start by finding two adults who will commit to teach a group of kids for 10 weeks during the summer, meeting with the kids twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays, or Tuesdays and Fridays) for an hour and a half each day. Ideally, at least one leader should have gardening knowledge, such as being a trained Master Gardener. Both leaders should enjoy being with children and have experience working with them.
Other helpers: Additional volunteers may be used to help the two adult leaders, especially during planting, weeding, watering, etc.
Training: University of Missouri Extension personnel will schedule and provide two training sessions to assist volunteer leaders in recruiting kids, assessing a site, insurance, risk, safety, and using the lesson plans.