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.
- Curriculum includes information about where food comes from and engages students in growing plants within at least one classroom.
- Students are engaged in growing plants from seed.
- Students create mini greenhouses to learn about seed development.
- Students learn about the local food economy.
- Students create posters or other art projects about the life cycles of plants.
- One or more classrooms integrate food lifecycle curriculum and engage students in growing plants from seed for themselves and the community.
- Students grow plants to sell at a "plant sale" fundraiser or to take home.
- Students interview their older relatives and community members to learn more about traditional connections with gardening and food production.
- One or more classrooms join together to create a school garden that engages multiple areas of the curriculum.
- Students create art for the garden from recycled items or from the plants themselves, i.e. sunflower tepee.
- Students map their local food shed to better understand where the food they eat comes from.
- School curriculum actively engages students the design, creation and maintenance of the school gardens and shares the fruits of their knowledge with the community.
- Students collaborate with staff and community to design a school garden where they grow food for the local food bank.
- Students operate a booth at the local farmer's market where they sell produce from their school garden.
- Students engage with local farmers in service learning projects.
Garden and Farm Connection Curriculum
- Make a mini-greenhouse -grade level K-3- Center for Ecoliteracy (CoE)
- Curriculum for Growing Minds
- Searchable curriculum resources from the Edible School Yard
Garden and Farm Connection Resources and Tools
- Growing Minds Farm to Schools Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
- Appalachian Food Story Bank- Slow Foods
- Edible School Yard Project
- Tips to Gardening with Students - ASAP
- Keyhole Garden Design
- Bag Garden Designs