HOW TO START A SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM
Empowering environmental advocate one step at a time.
An instructional how-to guide on starting a gardening program for local schools.
SCHOOL GARDEN INSTALLATION
Whether your mission is to promote environmental sustainability, improve community well-being, or target food insecurity, we’re here to empower you.
SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT PLAN
Initiating Plans & Research
Forming a School Garden Committee
Identifying Required Resources
Locating Free Resources
Creating Curricular and Gardening Activities
Securing Funding and Sponsorship
Community Outreach & Fundraising
Determining Garden Type
Designing the School Garden
PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL
Effort and Cost Tracking
SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM INITIATION
School gardens are an innovative teaching tool that offers educators the ability to incorporate hands-on activities across multiple areas.
OBJECTIVES OF A SCHOOL GARDEN
- Providing opportunities for hands-on training, observation, and experimentation across the curriculum
- Motivating children and their families to grow, prepare, and eat, both fruits and vegetables
- Promoting physical activity, environmental awareness, and quality outdoor experiences
- Supplying local organic produce to the students
- Aesthetically improving the local urban environment
CREATING A SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Educators keep the program alive
Custodians can make or break the program. They’re in ‘know’ of resources like storage, tools, and water sources while also being employed year-round.
FOOD SERVICE STAFF
Foodservice staff can not only provide scraps for compost piles but provide guidance in food preparations for nutritional lessons and overall food safety.
Parents often have the necessary connections to funding and supplies
Volunteers provide depth to the program from professions to labor
LOCAL MASTER GARDENERS
Master Gardeners have the required knowledge to help build your curriculum
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
LOCAL SMALL FARMS
CREATING THE PROGRAM PROPOSAL
INSTALLING THE SCHOOL GARDEN
PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & FUNDRAISING
Community Outreach Platforms
Word of Mouth
Door to Door
Local School Programs
Local News Outlets
Equipment: Gloves, First Aid Kit, Rakes, Pruners, Water Storage, and ..
Other: Garden Storage, Gardening Soil, Plants
1. Health Risks e.g. allergies, bees
2. Lack of manpower
3. Natural Disasters
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