Below are some of our favorite resources for starting your own school garden.
School Garden Wizard -Created by a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden, this site gives advice and tools on how to propose, plan, and build a sustainable garden.
Plant a Seed, Watch It Grow – This site, run by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County, California, provides in-depth information on every step of beginning and growing in your own school garden.
Got Dirt? – Offers a number of resources, including a downloadable toolkit which turns expert advice and stories from Wisconsin into step-by-step plans for starting gardeners.
School Garden Resource Center -Provided by Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps, this clever site condenses everything you need to know about starting a school garden in one easy to use web page.
These sites gather resources for gardening, making them valuable starting points for any school gardening research.
Massachusetts Farm to School – One of our favorites at the moment, this is the most comprehensive listing of resources that we have found. Put together by the Massachusetts Farm To School Project, the website offers resources for school gardens, cooking classes, agricultural curricula, and a list of organizations across the country that describes what each provides and is doing.
Farm To School – This link will take you to the National Farm To School Network’s list of curricular resources.
Some More of Our Favorites
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project – This organization is doing some great things in North Carolina and the South East region of the US. As the South East Regional Lead Agency for the Farm 2 School Movement, their site offers some great resources for school gardens and other information to connect students with healthy foods.
Cornell Garden-Based Learning – This site features many resources including a downloadable PowerPoint on published evidence supporting the benefits of garden-based education. This presentation is a wonderful and unique resource that people can use to build support for gardens at their own schools.
Collective School Garden Network – This site, offering resources, publications, and other information is the result of a collaboration of public, private, educational, and non-profit organizations in California dedicated to supporting school gardens. For an impressive list of free curricula and their descriptions, spanning pre-K through high school, click here.
Cooking With California Food in K-12 Schools – This site offers a downloadable cookbook from the Center for Ecoliteracy, co-written by award-winning cookbook authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans. Cooking with California Food introduces the concept of the dynamic 6-5-4 School Lunch Matrix, based on six dishes students know and love, five ethnic flavor profiles, and four seasons.
The Edible Schoolyard – One of the catalysts for Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids’ creation, The Edible Schoolyard is an organic garden and kitchen classroom for students in Berkeley, California.
Their website offers a list of resources, including publications, lessons and recipes, and other online resources for gardening and kitchen programs in schools.
Got Veggies? – Got Veggies? is a garden-based nutrition education curriculum that features seven full lesson plans designed to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and veggies. The curriculum includes garden-based activities, recipes, and helpful tips for cooking and eating in the garden.
KidsGardening.org – This site, run by the National Gardening Association, offers resources in grants, fundraising, professional development, and educational tools.
Dig In! – USDA Team Nutrition’s 5th and 6th-grade curriculum for engaging students in growing and eating vegetables.
National School Garden Network – A forum for organizations and individuals that support school gardens.
Farm to Preschool – Brand new in 2012, from the National Farm to School Network! This includes curricula, model programs and more.
School Garden Funding Sources
Grant Calendar – The San Diego County Master Gardener Association offers a wonderful Grant Calendar on their website! Funding opportunities are listed by application deadline date and include short descriptions of each grant, all on the same page!