School Garden Resources

Got Veggies? Cover Got Veggies? A Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum (PDF | 11.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Garden-based nutrition education curriculum with 7 lesson plans aligned with Wisconsin academic standards. Recipes, tips, and quick lessons are also available.

Resources for School Garden Coordinators

Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

OSSE’s School Gardens Program team assists schools in building and maintaining school gardens. They also provide training and technical assistance to teachers in utilizing school gardens as a teaching tool through the use of their many online resources.

Shaping Healthy Choices Curriculum

Cal - Pro - NET Center, University of California, Davis, California Department of Education Nutrition Service Division.

Discovering Healthy Choices is a learner-centered, garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum that was developed for the Nutrition Education & Promotion component of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program.

Engaging Your Entire School in the Garden: Webinar

Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa Team Nutrition hosted webinar on March 17, 2015, for elementary teachers, principals, food service directors, school nurses, and others who were interested in learning how to integrate the school garden into the classroom. Iowa State University Extension, FoodCorps, and Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation shared their insight and suggestions on how to make the school garden become part of the entire school learning process.

MyGarden School Meals Resource (PDF | 2.57 MB)

MDE. Michigan Team Nutrition.

This resource links the school garden to the school meals program through selection, storage, and culinary tips.

How Our Gardens Grow cover How Our Gardens Grow: Cultivating Nutrition and Learning Through Idaho School Gardens (PDF | 43 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

The ten School Garden Grant sites featured in this booklet provide examples of ways to implement a school garden.

School Gardens

TAM. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Links to various helpful topics on school gardens, including: steps to build a school garden, ideas and curricula, nutritional benefits, and school garden resources.

Grow to Learn NYC

The Mayor's Fund. GrowNYC.

A public-private partnership created to promote school gardens in New York City. Information for how to start, maintain and fund school gardens is provided.

Got Dirt? Cover Got Dirt? A Garden Toolkit for Implementing Youth Gardens (PDF | 2.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The toolkit is designed to provide the basic steps of starting and maintaining a youth fruit and vegetable garden. Includes several examples of successful community, childcare, and school gardening projects in Wisconsin.

Agriculture in the Classroom

United States Department of Agriculture.

Provides teacher resources including posters, activities, books, DVDs, and kits related to agriculture in the school.

Growing Healthy Habits Growing Healthy Habits

University of Maryland Extension Program.

This curriculum contains lessons and activities to help students understand the importance of growing food, nutrition, and food safety.

New Journeys & Crossings Webcast: School Gardens

Library of Congress.

Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress, describes the history of the school garden in America and offers reasons why school gardens are making a comeback.

The Great Plant Escape The Great Plant Escape

University of Illinois Extension.

Each of the lessons in this program for 4th and 5th graders is interdisciplinary and designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. This program includes a teacher guide and a variety of activities for independent and group work. Available in English and Spanish

My First Garden

University of Illinois Extension.

This web site shows 4th grade students the care that goes into planning and nurturing a garden, the benefits of having a garden and some strategies for starting them. The web site also includes a teacher’s guide and everything is available in English and Spanish. Content available on a CD.

Grow: Primers & Projects

Public Broadcasting Service.

Learn how you can start a garden with children, even when there is no yard available. Includes the ten-minute plan and instructions for a container garden.