Resources for School Gardens

Starting a School Garden:
Here are some great sites we've found that provide resources for starting school gardens.

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.

Eat Smart... It's in the garden!
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture partnered with the Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina program to create the South Carolina School Gardens Program initiative. Their site provides links, newsletters to connect with other garden programs, and a downloadable toolkits and resources.

Got Dirt?
Offers a number of resources, including a downloadable toolkit (click here) 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 webpage.

Resource Summaries:
These sites gather resources for gardening, making them valuable starting points for any school gardening research.

Grow, Cook, Teach! A Resource Guide for Farm To School Activities

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 guide 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 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.
This blog, run by Cornell University's Department of Horticulture Cooperative Extension, also offers other research and resources for educators.

California 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.
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.

Preschool Resources

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!