Lost Lady Bug project at Lowell Elementary’ s garden.
Written by Chris Zdorovtsov, former SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist.
Interested in starting a school garden to utilize with your students for hands-on learning. SDSU Extension is pleased to offer staff to help coach teams as they establish a school garden.
In addition we offer curriculum assistance, access to our seed bank and mini-grants, webinars, and other face-to-face educational trainings. For more information contact visit the SDSU Extension Garden-Based Education website.
- Garden Based Learning: Planning & Organizing, Cornell University
- School Garden Start-Up Guide, Common Ground Garden Program & University of California Cooperative Extension
- School Garden Checklist, Let’s Move!
- School Gardening Resources, Arizona Department of Education
- Setting up and running a school Garden, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- Community Garden Development
Integrated Curriculum Plans
Often schools starting projects indicate they would prefer to incorporate current classroom lessons and curriculum into their program verses finding a new curriculum. If this is of interest we can help by working with your team to put together a master plan that defines garden crops and planting schedules, classroom maintenance responsibilities, and a garden-based learning plan. Teachers provide insight as to what grades and lessons they would like incorporated into the garden plan. This Sioux Falls School Garden Plan provides an example that can be personalized for other schools.
- Safety Tips for a School Garden
- Dealing with Vandalism & Theft in Your School Garden Part 1 & Part 2.
- Gardening Resources