common ground farm dayThe Connecticut School Garden Network

“How do I start a school garden?”

“How do I improve food at my child’s school?”


Growing and Learning e-news

(Fall 2011 – May 2013; for more recent School Garden Network news, see the SGN section in our monthly Gleanings enews.)

CT NOFA School Garden Network Map

The School Garden Resource Center at Common Ground High School

How-to’s, instructional resources and “Where do I start?”

Funding: ideas, how to get the process started, where to apply for financial resources

Inspiration: see what others are doing

How-to’s, instructional resources and “Where do I start?”

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project school garden resources

Aquaponics for Educators forum at the Aquaponic Gardening Community

Best Colleges Online offers their Ultimate Guide to Your School Garden

Bon Appétit Management Company has a Student Garden Guide

California School Garden Network offers help here.

Center for Ecoliteracy has a downloadable guide to Getting Started

Student planting seedsChildren's Garden Network RI

Children’s Garden Network in Rhode Island

City Farmer school garden resource list

The Classroom Victory Garden Project

Compost Guide has info and tips on composting

CT Ag in the Classroom

CT DEEP offers many resources, including workshops

CT DEEP & the Town of Mansfield collaborated to bring us School Composting; A Manual for Connecticut Schools

CT Farm to School Program

CT Green LEAF Schools promotes healthy, green schools

Cornell Composting in the Classroom

Cornell University Garden-Based Learning

Dawn Publications offers books, a newsletter, and other resources for educators offers this Gardening with Children guide

Edible School Gardens by Betty Lou Sandy – updated! – online community for educators and other interested parties; includes a School Garden Community

Food & Agriculture Organization of the UNA New Deal for School Gardens

Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN: Setting Up and Running a School Garden

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Food Corps

Food, Land and People

Friends of the Burlington Gardens & the Vermont Community Garden Network offer this toolkit for starting a school or community garden

Garden ABCs How-to guides

Georgia Organics has a Farm to School Sample Lesson Plan here and also Farm to School forums here

GIVE (Green Initiative for Vegtables in Education) in Stamford offers resources on their site

The Green Desk, NC State University Natural Learning Initiative

Green Education Foundation – sustainability education resources for K-12

Green Teacher environmental education resources and webinars

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Green Village Initiative School Projects

GreenHeart Education gives ideas for education for sustainability, including school gardens

Grow New Haven Garden Connected to Every School Initiative

Grow to Learn NYC shares good, practical informationSchool garden

Growing Gardens resource ideas

Growing Minds resources for edible school gardens

A Handful of Seeds from Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Harvest for Healthy Kids provides activity kits for teachers

Harvest of the Month offers resources for educators

Hawai’i Island School Garden Network

Healthy School Environment offers these resources for serving school garden produce in the cafeteria

Honey Haven offers a bee toolkit that educators can adapt and use in their classrooms and gardens

Journey to Forever
 school gardening resources

Kellogg Environmental Center, Ansonia, CT – educator workshops, environmental curricula materials, school programs and field studies

Kitchen Gardeners

A Librarian’s Guide to Cultivating an Elementary School Garden

Library of Congress guide to resouces

Library of Congress video on the history of school gardens

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Life Lab offers garden-based education resources for teachers

 school garden FAQs

LSU Ag Center school garden fact sheet

The Maine School Garden Network

Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom

My Healthy School

The National Gardening Association has information on school gardens

NOFA-NH’s Autumn 2011 newsletter discusses Farm-to-School programs

Nat'l Wildlife Foundation

National Wildlife Federation Garden for Wildlife Schoolyard Habitats

New Jersey Farm to School Network School Garden Programs

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Teacher Training & Support Program

Oregon Department of Education, School Garden Food Safety Program, has put out this School Garden Food Safety Manual

Radiant Hen Publishing offers a series of Agri-Culture books for children

Readers to Eaters – books, programs and events to promote food literacy

Real School Gardens – ideas on fundraising, building, curriculum and more

Rudd ‘Roots Parents; Yale’s Rudd Center site for parent advocates

School Garden Network of Sonoma County

School Garden Weekly offers instructional resources and activities

School Garden Wizard shares their magic

Slow Food USA – School Garden Guide – chapter 1 preview (full manual coming soon!)

South Carolina Dept. of Ag School Gardens Program

Summer Gardening Tips for School Gardens from the California School Garden Network

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Sustainable Table
 school garden and food projects

Teich Garden Systems offers some ideas on their website

Texas A&M University lists resources for school gardens

Timber Press How to Grow a School Garden; A Complete Guide for Parents

UConn Five Steps to Food Safe School Gardening

University of California Cooperative Extension, County of San Diego nutrition education

University of Illinois Extension My First Garden

USDA Food & Nutrition Service Farm to School Resources

USDA Team Nutrition

This Vegetable Gardening for Dummies guide offers basic tips to get started

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Vermont Feed Guide for using produce from school gardens

Wisconsin School Garden Initiative offers several great resources, including a Garden ToolkitCold Frame Manual, and on-line training videos.

Woolly School Gardens vertical gardening kits and resources

Simmsbury Community Farm

Funding: ideas, how to get the process started, where to apply for financial resources

California SGN finding and funding supplies

The Edible Schoolyard Project fundraising strategies

Grow to Learn budgeting and funding ideas

The National Gardening Association provides some guidance on fundraising

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Rebel Tomato

fundraising ideas

School Garden Weekly tips to get a grant

The University of Florida offers these suggestions

Adopt A Classroom

The After School Corporation (TASC)

Thalberg School studentsAmerica in Bloom logo

America in Bloom

America the Beautiful Fund

American Honda Foundation

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Awesome Food

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Boost Collaborative

Bonnie’s 3rd Grade Cabbage Program

The Braitmayer Foundation

Brown Rudnick Center Community Grants

Burpee Home Gardens “I Can Grow It” Youth Garden Award

Charles LaFitte Foundation

CL&P Live Green, Win Green

The Culinary Trust Chefs Move to School Grants


Do Something Seed Grants (seed money, not actual seeds!)

DonorsChoose.orgReservoir Community Farm

Farm to School funding ideas

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation logo

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fund for Teachers

Garden ABCs


Gardener’s Supply Company 8% For Gardening and the Environment

Grants Alert

Green Education Foundation

E-How Grants for School Gardens

Healthy School Environments, USDHHS

Henkel Helps

Home Depot Community Impact Grants and Team Depot

Katie’s Krops

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants Program

NEA Student Achievement Grants

National Environmental Education Foundation Richard C. Bartlett Award

National Gardening Association

National Gardening Association

National Gardening Association – Adopt a Garden

NSAC Guide to Federal Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems

New England Grassroots Environment Fund Grant Programs

NC State University

Penniless Teacher

Pepsi Refresh Everything

Project Learning Tree

Safeway eScrip Program

Seed Saver’s Exchange Herman’s Garden Seed Donation Program

USDA Food & Nutrition Services

The Volvo Adventure Competition

Wells Fargo

Whole Kids Foundation

Wild Ones – Seeds for Education

Youth Service America UnitedHealth Heroes grants

Simsbury Community Farm

Inspiration: see what others are doing

American Community Gardening Association

Baltimore’s Field of Dreams

Carrots and Kids School Gardening Clubs

Chef Ann, The Renegade Lunch Lady

City Farmer: The Case for More High School Gardens

CT Green Scene: Edible School Gardens

Bill Duesing’s Essays on Education and Agriculture & Reasons to Garden

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Edible Schoolyard NYC

The Edible Schoolyard Project

Fairfield’s Edible Schoolyards

The Garden School Foundation is doing great things in Los Angeles!

Girl Scouts USA has a new locavore badge for senior scouts

Good Education: Why School Gardens Are Essential as Learning Tools

Good – School Lunch offers a wealth of information on school lunch issues

Granny’s Garden School, Loveland, OH

Green Bronx Machine Green Bronx Machine, Bronx, NY – Growing Our Way to a New Economy

Greener Partners Seed to Snack Program, Pennsylvania

Grist: Failure to Cultivate: Why School Gardens ARE Important

Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Manchester Essex Regional High School, MA

Montgomery County, MD parents try to overcome obstacles to school gardens

John J. Moriarty Elementary School, Norwich, CT

The Most Inept School Garden Fundraiser in History

New Haven tries for a garden in every school

New York Times: How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid’s Lunch

New York Times: Sowing the Seeds of Gardening

Niles Township High Schools, Skokie, IL, change their school lunch program

Orchard Valley Garden Club and Thalberg School in Southington, CT, collaborate for a school garden. Read the article and watch the video.

Peachtree Charter Middle School, GA builds a garden in less than two weeks. Read a follow-up story here.

Plow to Plate

Plow to Plate, New Milford,
Youth Chef Advocate Program

PS 216, Brooklyn: then, 
and now

Robert Simon School Complex, New York

School Garden Project of Lane County, Oregon

Sprout City Farms / Denver Green School

Toronto’s Feeding Our Future program highlights the importance of nutrition

The Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, Belfast, ME

Two Angry Moms and Two Angry Moms Networking Site

Urban Oaks & Lincoln School, New Britain, CT

Urban Sprouts, San Francisco, CA

Warren School Harvest of Dreams Garden, Warren, CT

The Wheeler School Community Garden Blog

Wilton High School Organic Garden: read the article and visit their website.

school garden book

And in 1903 this book was also an inspiration.
Click on the image to view in Google Books.

If you are interested in helping to build a network of Connecticut’s School Gardeners, call the office at 203-308-2584 or contact us by email.