Want a school garden? See the info below from Georgia Organics to help you get started:
Main steps to planning a new school garden:
- Get permission from the school administration.
- Get organized—start a garden binder to record what you do.
- Find support—work with teachers and school administrators to see who is interested in participating in the garden and identify parent and community volunteers.
- With your team, visit other gardens to get ideas.
- Engage students in the planning process and create opportunities for them to become invested in the garden as well.
- Put your garden plan on paper, including its location at the school, design for the beds, and a list of crops.
- Identify financial resources.
- Call to check for underground utilities before you dig.
- Share your vision of the garden with others to create even more buy-in and support.
- Planning a Garden: First Steps: This section of a larger document will help you get started in your garden plan.
- Video: “Starting a Garden”: This recording of a session at the 2012 Georgia Organics Conference gives a comprehensive overview of everything you need to start a garden.
- How to Build a Raised Bed: These written instructions are an easy how-to for creating your own raised beds.
- Woolly School Gardens: These vertical gardens can be hung on walls, fences, or anywhere with a little space.
- Garden for Wildlife: Consider turning part of your garden into a space for wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation has this useful how-to guide for creating schoolyard habitats.
- Create a Classroom in Your Garden: These ideas can help you turn your outdoor space into a classroom complete with tables and chairs.
- Planning First to Make Your Outdoor Classroom Last: This extensive guide from the Georgia Wildlife Federation has wonderful tips on best management practices for creating and sustaining outdoor classrooms.
- Slow Food USA’s School Garden Guide: From design, implementation and curriculum to fundraising, volunteers and school policy, this comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community, based on Slow Food values of good, clean, and fair food for all.
Need financial support for your garden?
Please click here for several grant opportunities listed on the Georgia Organics website.
Need more support along the way?
Check out Captain Planet! They provide the curriculum for your garden program.
The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities. They introduce students to natural systems, food origins, life cycles and the flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides teachers with training on outdoor classroom management, standards-based curriculum, and lesson kits — so students can learn math, science, history, language arts and health — in the context of project-based learning in the garden.
CPF’s afterschool “Planeteer Clubs” help students implement programs that save schools money on energy, water, and waste, while implementing clean-air measures that reduce exposure to air pollution. And CPF is also involved in a variety of science education initiatives that exploit the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action.
Captain Planet also offers grants to schools who want to start a school garden. Click here for more info. Start today!