Growing Minds trains individuals to establish farm to school gardens and to integrate gardening into state and national curriculum. We emphasize how to sustain a garden program by involving community partners, such as parents, farmers, college students, and agricultural professionals.
Students will eat what they grow! School gardens are an excellent tool for experiential learning and nutrition education. Check out the resources below to create or expand your garden program.
What you can do
- Start a classroom garden by following these basic steps
- Utilize our garden lesson plans for connections to Common Core standards and children’s literature
- Apply for school garden funds from Growing Minds
- Download and customize our This Week in the Garden (K-2) and This Week in the Garden Preschool weekly activity guides for your school garden, or use them as they are!
- Contact us for free seeds for your school garden. Free seeds are available to public and private preK-12 schools in the Appalachian Grown region.
School Garden Resources
- Tips for gardening with students
- Strategies for gardening with young children (farm to preschool)
- Sensory gardens for young children (farm to preschool)
- Plant list for Pre-K gardens (farm to preschool)
- Resource list: Starting a garden
- Resource list: Planting a fall garden
- Resource list: Container gardening
- Spring Garden Bingo
- Fall Garden Bingo