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!


Growing Minds + Farm to School Program

ASAP’s (Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project) Growing Minds Farm to School Program was one of the first in the country. Growing Minds (GM) now works with schools in 60 Appalachian Grown counties, helping them to provide farm to school experiences to their students. And as the Growing Minds program has grown, so has farm to school grown nationally – there are now farm to school programs in all 50 states in more than 9000 schools!


Garden watering can

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program

Slow Food USA has developed a “Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum”. “Good” means enjoying the pleasures of healthy and delicious food, “Clean” is gardening for sustainability, and “Fair” indicates producing food that respects economic and social justice.


Baskets of cucumbers.

Wisconsin Got Dirt? and Got Veggies? Gardening Initiative

In an effort to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services Nutrition and Physical Activity Program developed “Got Dirt?,” a program designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens.


A garden-based nutrition education curriculum created with the goal of getting children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Got Veggies? features seven full lesson plans that are aligned with Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Health, Science, and other related subjects.  A series of shorter garden-based activities are also included, as well as fun recipes and helpful tips for cooking and eating in the garden. This curriculum provides an all-around great way to nurture students’ interest in growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables!


Smiling little boy with bunches of freshly harvested onions that he has just picked from a field on a farm

South Carolina Garden Toolkit

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.


New harvest fresh organic carrots on soil.

Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard is an outstanding site full of resources and examples of successful farm-to-school program. This site also offers how-to ideas for starting your own garden.


An African American child is planting vegetables in a garden. She is pushing the dirt down around the kale plant.


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.


Garden hands

Openlands – Building School Gardens in Chicago

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.



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