How to Grow A School Garden

How to Grow A School Garden

A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers

Book - 2010
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“A school garden is a tremendously valuable tool to help young people turn book knowledge into real experience. This book is a must-have resource for anyone considering embarking on a youth gardening adventure.” —Mike Metallo, President, National Gardening Association

In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them. Today both schools and parents have a unique opportunity—and an increasing responsibility—to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, to reinforce values of environmental stewardship, to help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world. What better way to do this than by engaging young people, their families, and teachers in the wondrous outdoor classroom that is their very own school garden?

It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

This book provides all the tools that the school community needs to build a productive and engaging school garden that will continue to inspire and nurture students and families for years to come.

Baker & Taylor
A practical guide to creating a school garden offers strategies, lesson plans, to-do lists, design plans, and recipes to help teachers, parents, and administrators transform a neglected play space into a beautiful and nourishing outdoor classroom.

Book News
Based on the authors' years of experience organizing and coordinating the school gardens of the San Francisco Unified School District, this terrific guide is filled with detailed, practical guidelines for organizing and running a school garden. Creating a plan, raising money, building the garden, connecting the garden to curriculum, and how to prepare the soil, plant, and harvest are among the topics. A concluding chapter offers garden lessons and activities, organized by season. The volume is illustrated throughout with photos and includes frequent inset boxes with tips and comments. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781604690002
Branch Call Number: 635 B8561h
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Pringle, Rachel Kathleen


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