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School Gardens

School gardens are a wonderful way to use the outdoors as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the actual source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility.

Our Youth Gardening page has several resources for starting a school garden.

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Resources for Educators


This site has great resources for educators and grant information. 

Captain Planet Foundation  Captain Planet Foundation's Project Learning Garden provides schools with onsite learning laboratories and healthy food access.

Learnaboutag.org California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom has a wealth of information and lessons including school gardens.

 Master Gardeners of Los Angeles County has some great resources for educators including a downloadable book

  This site has lots of information about school gardening in California

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Grants for funding school gardens

Captain Planet Foundation Grants - July 2020  Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers. 

Budding Bontanist Grant due November 9, 2019.

Any public school, charter school or private school serving grades K through 12 in the United States that can demonstrate that at least 40% of their student population would qualify for free or reduced price meals is eligible to apply.

The Youth Garden Grant is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one. If your program serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18, we encourage you to apply. Applications are due December 16, 2019.

Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.