Steps to a School Garden

How do you create a successful school garden program? K–12 educators interested in developing students’ understanding of food and nutrition in a hands-on way can access guidance, lessons, and research promoting the benefits of school gardens in this series of webpages from the Western Growers Foundation. The pages present links and resources in six key categories necessary for establishing and managing a successful school garden program: Why School Gardens? State Your Case; Plan and Fund Your Garden; Plant an Edible Garden; Teach in the Garden; Eat Nutritious Food; and Promote, Network, and Assess. For example, read research articles supporting school gardens; get the “dets” on budgeting and supplies required for a garden project; discover facts about fruits, vegetables, and nuts from the Producepedia website; learn best practices for managing students in garden settings; network with school garden support organizations; and more.

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