School Gardens


School Gardens currently thrive at Sharpstein, Edison, Green Park, Berney and Prospect Point Elementary Schools as well as Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools. We envision a school garden program where students feed their bodies and minds growing and tasting fresh healthy foods while experiencing science that’s come to life through hands on lessons in the garden. School gardens don’t only expose students to healthy, seasonal foods; they challenge students to think critically through lessons that cross curriculum (language arts, social studies, math, art and especially life and earth science). School gardens impact academic achievement as well as student’s overall attitudes about school and learning. Along with growing salad greens and radishes students cultivate respect for nature, patience and team work.

  • School Garden Support: Monthly workshops help guide school garden teams. Volunteers are actively recruited and trained to assist in overseeing garden lessons, after school garden club or to help at garden maintenance work parties.


  • Science Curriculum Integration at Elementary Schools: We provide detailed lesson outlines of multiple garden visits which align with current science curriculum kits and help meet Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Food Connection and Nutrition Education at Elementary and Middle Schools: We encourage and support parent involvement by providing materials and lesson orientation to help students explore the garden, plant, harvest and taste fresh produce. Most garden produce is used during classroom lessons or after school garden club.  When there is a surplus, we facilitate connecting with the school cafeterias to schedule a garden produce drop off.  Some schools also connect with the cafeteria to bring kitchen veggie scraps to the garden compost.

Starting a School Garden

Food Focus Events


Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

  • Assist with garden class activities – variable times primarily in the spring and fall.

  • After school garden clubs – for 1.5 hours once a week in spring time after school.

  • Garden maintenance – in summer volunteer for one week of garden maintenance at your school.

  • Seed sale fundraiser – winter seed sales support the school garden activities.

  • Ask how you can get involved with creating a new non-profit garden support organization, which will enable fundraising, provide paid school garden coordinators, gardening resources and equipment, resulting in enhanced school garden utilization by school classrooms and after school garden clubs.

  • Help your school host a farmer visit.

  • Accompany 3rd graders on farm field trips in spring and fall.











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