School Garden Resources

General Resources

School Gardening Resources

United States Department of Agriculture.

Resources for planning, designing, and growing your garden.

Agriculture in the Classroom

United States Department of Agriculture.

Provides teacher resources including posters, activities, books, DVDs, and kits related to agriculture in the school.

Resources for School Garden Coordinators

Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

DC OSSE’s School Gardens Program team assists schools in building and maintaining school gardens. This Web site provides checklists, assessment tools, and planting calendars, among other resources.

School Gardens

TAM. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Links to various helpful topics on school gardens, including: steps to build a school garden, ideas and curricula, nutritional benefits, and school garden resources.


Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up (2013) Grades 5 and 6 (August 2015)


Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Alaska School Garden Food Safety Guidelines (August 2011) (PDF | 825 KB)

Farm to School Alaska. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture, Inspections Services.

This document provides guidelines for safely growing, harvesting, and using produce from school gardens.

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate (June 2013)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This garden-themed nutrition education kit for staff introduces children to three fruits, and three vegetables. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm! Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Got Veggies? A Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum (2010) (PDF | 11.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Garden-based nutrition education curriculum with 7 lesson plans aligned with Wisconsin academic standards. Recipes, tips, and quick lessons are also available.

Shaping Healthy Choices Curriculum

University of California, Davis. California Department of Education Nutrition Service Division. Cal - Pro - NET Center.

A learner-centered, garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum that was developed for the Nutrition Education & Promotion component of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. Includes Preschool, grades 4-6, and cooking demonstration curricula.

Engaging Your Entire School in the Garden: Webinar (March 2015)

Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa Team Nutrition hosted webinar on March 17, 2015, for elementary teachers, principals, food service directors, school nurses, and others who were interested in learning how to integrate the school garden into the classroom. Iowa State University Extension, FoodCorps, and Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation shared their insight and suggestions on how to make the school garden become part of the entire school learning process.

Growing Healthy Habits

University of Maryland Extension Program.

This curriculum contains lessons and activities to help students understand the importance of growing food, nutrition, and food safety.


Grow to Learn NYC

The Mayor's Fund. GrowNYC.

A public-private partnership created to promote school gardens in New York City. Information for how to start, maintain and fund school gardens is provided.

Got Dirt? A Garden Toolkit for Implementing Youth Gardens (May 2009) (PDF | 2.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The toolkit is designed to provide the basic steps of starting and maintaining a youth fruit and vegetable garden. Includes several examples of successful community, childcare, and school gardening projects in Wisconsin.

New Journeys & Crossings Webcast: School Gardens

Library of Congress.

Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress, describes the history of the school garden in America and offers reasons why school gardens are making a comeback.

Iowa Farm to School Poster (December 2014) (PDF | 3.21 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

Developed in partnership with Iowa commodity organizations, Des Moines Public Schools nutrition education, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Food Corps. The poster highlights foods that are grown in the state of Iowa.

The Great Plant Escape

University of Illinois Extension.

Each of the lessons in this program for 4th and 5th graders is interdisciplinary and designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. This program includes a teacher guide and a variety of activities for independent and group work. Available in English and Spanish

My First Garden

University of Illinois Extension.

This web site shows 4th grade students the care that goes into planning and nurturing a garden, the benefits of having a garden and some strategies for starting them. The web site also includes a teacher’s guide and everything is available in English and Spanish. Content available on a CD.

Grow: Primers & Projects

Public Broadcasting Service.

Learn how you can start a garden with children, even when there is no yard available. Includes the ten-minute plan and instructions for a container garden.


USDA's Flickr Collection for Food and Nutrition

United States Department of Agriculture.

This collection contains sets of images that display the many programs sponsored and managed by the Food Nutrition Consumer Service of the USDA. Enter "school garden" in the upper right-hand search box to find photos of children gardening.

Historic School Garden Photos and Posters

Library of Congress.

Promotional posters and black and white photos of school gardens from 1917-1950.