If you and your class can create a 3 minute (or less) video about the importance of trees you could win $10,000 for your school!
Roberta Paolo, the Founder and Executive Director of Granny’s Garden School, discussed lessons learned while starting and running a major school garden program. Roberta (A.K.A. Granny) shared a range of fund-raising and friend-raising tips based on her experience running Granny’s Garden School since 2002.
Every October 24, thousands of Food Day events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) have launched an initiative, Get Food Education in Every School.
Middle schoolers can get a lot out of the school garden experience, from growing food to learning about the science underlying the natural world. At CitySprouts summer youth program in Cambridge, MA
Summertime presents both unique challenges and important opportunities when it comes to school gardens. Who takes care of the garden when school is out? How can the school garden be connected to summer learning and healthy food access opportunities?
Across the nation, foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens. These “Regional Support Models” work to provide funding, empower garden champions, build partnerships, and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability of school garden programs.
Whether students are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless!
Farm and garden based learning serve as ideal environments for students of all ages to learn self-awareness, and tackle issues around diversity, oppression and equity.
Preventing food waste and composting at schools is an important means of saving money, protecting the environment, and teaching kids good habits from an early age.
School garden programs are becoming more widely adopted. In this month’s School Gardens webinar, the presenter talked about the Edible Schoolyard Project, an online network that supports school garden programs around the world. The webinar demonstrated how those involved in a school garden program can collaborate and share ideas. It also shared best practices for turning gardens and kitchens into interactive lessons for the classroom. Watch the webinar to find… read more →