School Gardens Ideas and Resources

Gardens and farming relationships are developed to connect students with an understanding of and appreciation for where food and flowers comes from. 


  1. Curriculum includes information about where food comes from and engages students in growing plants within at least one classroom. 
  2. Students are engaged in growing plants from seed.
  3. Students create mini greenhouses to learn about seed development.
  4. Students learn about the local food economy.
  5. Students create posters or other art projects about the life cycles of plants.
  6. One or more classrooms integrate food lifecycle curriculum and engage students in growing plants from seed for themselves and the community. 
  7. Students grow plants to sell at a "plant sale" fundraiser or to take home.
  8. Students interview their older relatives and community members to learn more about traditional connections with gardening and food production.
  9. One or more classrooms join together to create a school garden that engages multiple areas of the curriculum.
  10. Students create art for the garden from recycled items or from the plants themselves, i.e. sunflower tepee.
  11. Students map their local food shed to better understand where the food they eat comes from.
  12. School curriculum actively engages students the  design, creation and maintenance of the school gardens and shares the fruits of their knowledge with the community.
  13. Students collaborate with staff and community to design a school garden where they grow food for the local food bank.
  14. Students operate a booth at the local farmer's market where they sell produce from their school garden.
  15. Students engage with local farmers in service learning projects.

Garden and Farm Connection Curriculum

Garden and Farm Connection Resources and Tools

Learn Schoolyard Ecology Workshop Materials from 7/18/16 Learning Event: