School gardens are one of the best ways to educate students on nutrition and agriculture while demonstrating where their food comes from. Although starting and maintaining a school garden can seem like a big task, the below resources should assist with planning and curriculum to create a successful program in your school or district!
USDA School Garden Fact Sheet
- USDA Garden Curriculum – The USDA is offering these interactive and exploratory lessons for 3rd-6th graders as a creative way to connect school gardens with nutrition messages in the classroom, school cafeteria, and at home.
- Visit Team Nutrition for the full garden-based education curriculum and all TN education resources.
- Nutritious, Delicious, Wisconsin: Connecting Nutrition Education and Local Foods is a curriculum guide to broaden the food experiences of Wisconsin students and provide another aspect to learning nutrition as part of the study of our great state
- Wisconsin School Garden Initiative - Community GroundWorks network of Wisconsin garden educator
- Got Dirt? – In an effort to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services' Nutrition and Physical Activity program developed "Got Dirt?"
- Community Ground Works - Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthy eating and natural areas restoration
- School Garden Q&As: Memo SP 32-2009, from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service – This memo clarifies, among other things, that funds from the nonprofit school food service account can be used to purchase seeds and other supplies for starting and maintaining school gardens.
- School Garden Checklist, from Let's Move – A list of considerations for starting a garden, including site and plant selection, soil health, and design.
- Resources for Creating and Sustaining School Gardens, from the California School Garden Network – Free handouts, videos, and other resources, including information on planning, designing, prepping, seeding, and maintaining a garden.
- The Edible Schoolyard Project, an organization dedicated to building and sharing edible education curricula, supporting an online network and resource center, and offering professional development opportunities.
- Growing a Better School Lunch, from Community Blueprint – A video documenting one of Minnesota's largest school garden projects, which spans 3.5 acres. About 300 high school students tend a garden that provides fresh food to the school cafeteria, grow food for and operate a community supported agriculture program, and learn valuable lessons.
- The USDA People's Garden Initiative – A collaborative effort of more than 700 local and national organizations all working together to establish community and school gardens across the country.
- Community-Based Agriculture: Safety Guidelines for Youth Working in Gardens
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