To celebrate and encourage starting a garden in your community and schools, we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources from terrific organizations around the country. We hope you will share resources you have found in the comment section below. We’ll be sure to add to our resource listing!
The South Carolina Garden Toolkit was created by members of the South Carolina Farm to Institution Program. The Garden Toolkit was prepared to assist you in implementing a garden in your community.
KidsGardening is a leading resource for garden-based educators across the country, reaching more than 90,000 monthly with grant funding, curriculum, lesson plans, and inspiration to get more kids learning through the garden. For 35 years, KidsGardening has led the school gardening movement. As a national nonprofit, KidsGardening strives to improve nutritional attitudes, educational outcomes, social & emotional learning and environmental stewardship in youth across the country through garden-based learning.
Since the launch of Building School Gardens (BSG) in 2007, Openlands supports 58 Chicago Public Schools on their campus. Through this program, approximately 33,000 students are directly impacted by the school gardens each day in addition to the hundreds of teachers, parents, and community members. BSG boasts a 93% success rate two years after garden installation, far higher than the national average of 40%. A key component that directly enhances the program’s success and sustainability is the robust support that Openlands provides to each school through its workshops.