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  • Fresh, Healthy and Safe Food: Best Practices for Using Produce from School Gardens

    Created as a collaborative effort from school garden practitioners across the country and supported by the National farm to school Network, this guide to best practices for being safe and healthy when serving produce from school gardens includes tips for growing, harvesting, handling, and other important considerations. (652.5 KB PDF)

  • School Garden Wizard Website

    This comprehensive website was created for K-12 schools through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden. Website includes resources to take you through starting the entire farm to school process from visioning and gathering support, to designing and building the gardens, conducting student activities, and sustaining and evaluating your program.

  • California School Garden Network’s Gardens for Learning Guidebook

    Gardens for Learning is a comprehensive guidebook that provides a strong foundation to support the growing school garden movement. Developed by a team of experienced garden educators, nutritionists, state officials, and others. A great resource for anyone looking to enhance learning through the use of gardens in schools and other community settings. (9.1 MB PDF)

  • California School Garden Network Curriculum Resource Page

    This curriculum resource page compiled by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Garden-Based Learning workgroup provides over one hundred garden-based lessons divided into 12 theme areas for grades K-12. It offers practical ideas and resources for every level of garden-based learning from sprouting seeds to understanding the food system.

  • Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

    The Life Lab Science Program distilled years of world-wide school garden experience into a concise 50-page guide that asks and answers most questions you need to consider for creating an outdoor classroom garden. (1.7 MB PDF)

  • LifeLab: Garden Based Learning Curriculum and Activity Guide

    Created by the Life Lab Science Program in California, the webpage includes links to a number of teacher guides, activities, books, curricula, and lesson plans available for purchase.

  • School Garden Q&A Memo from the USDA, July 29, 2009

    A memo published by the USDA’s Director of Child Nutrition Programs and directed at school food authorities in response to questions about the operation, logistics, and funding of school gardens. (24.2 KB PDF)

  • Get Free Plant Starts in Oregon from the Plant Project!

    A project of the American Center for Sustainability, the Plant Project provides free plant starts to non profits garden projects across Oregon, including schools. The plants are usually veggies, although there are also some natives, herbs, and medicinal flowers available.

  • Sodexo's Food Safety Guidelines for School Gardens and Weekly Checklist

    Provides steps for ensuring that school gardens are properly authorized by relevant school and government entities as well as guidelines for preventing food contamination from soils, fertilizers, and water supplies. Offers helpful tips for overall school garden care. Also includes a weekly checklist that can be used by educators and students to ensure that the guidelines are being followed. (68.4 KB PDF)

  • Vegetable signs translated into six langauges

    Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit, has created high-quality signs for labeling garden rows that include pictures and suggestions on how to prepare each vegetable. To find the signs, scroll down to the bottom of the webpage where they can be downloaded as pdfs for six different vegetables in Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

  • Atkinson Elementary's School Garden Guide, Portland, OR

    A comprehensive guide of the five learning gardens at Atkinson Elementary in Portland, OR. The website lists seasonal activities by month, and provides guides for composting, garden bed layout, and organizational models

  • Grow Eat Grow: A Seasonal and Simple Guide for Gardening and Cooking with Kids

    Grow Eat Grow is filled with a variety of ideas for growing fruits and vegetables and simple steps for preparing and enjoying them with kids. Start with the first Grow section for inspiration to begin or transform a garden. Or, go straight to the Eat section and find new ideas for preparing the fruits and vegetables you grow, buy at a farmers market or roadside farm stand, through community supported agriculture (CSA) or at your local grocery store. (0 B EDU/P/MP922)