School Community Gardens

When kids get a chance to grow their own food, they are more likely to try it! School gardens are an important part of Farm to School. Over the past four years, all three K-6 elementary schools in Brattleboro have established school gardens. Brattleboro Area Middle School is breaking ground on a new school garden in the Spring of 2010 and will partner with the Windham Regional Career Center for this project. Brattleboro Farm to School supports all these garden efforts.

Check-out these great resources…

Great Cold Frame Manual

KidsGardening.org

  • An excellent resource for Classroom Projects, Thematic Explorations, Classroom Stories, Parents’ Primer, Activities, Pollinator Curriculum, School Greenhouse Guide, Funding Resources, etc.

Friends of Burlington Gardens:

Great Model/Layout for Community School Gardens- Henry Homeyer’s 9×12 Vegetable Garden

Planting & Garden Mapping Resources – compiled by Robert King

 

Also…

Cornell University’s Garden-based Learning website has a free companion publication entitled “One Seed at a Time: Alleviating Climate Change through youth Community Action in the garden.” Download here.

The Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a 12-page publication to help gardeners, farmers, and educators better understand the relationship between agriculture and climate change. The “Climate-Friendly Gardener” guidebook is free for downloading here.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out what other school community gardens are up to. Click here to access the Vermont School Garden Directory.

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