Innovative Ways to Fund Your School Garden Program

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Screenshot 2015-05-13 14.19.58There is no one way to fund a garden program – there are hundreds! In this webinar, Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser shared a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy to school garden micro-enterprise and farm-raisers, their discussion provided funding ideas for all aspects of your school garden, including garden supplies and staffing school garden instructors. John and Kevin’s presentation shared examples of how they have funded the school garden programs that they run, along with insight from other successful garden programs. Topics included:

  • Tools for creating a garden budget
  • Telling your story
  • Garnering school or district support
  • Cultivating donors
  • Farm and garden based fundraisers
  • Tips for finding grants
  • Policy that supports school garden programs
  • Innovative ways to fund a garden program

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