School Gardens


    School gardens provide a unique, hands-on learning environment for students, teachers and community members. They are places where students learn core standards through experiential hands-on learning. A school garden is a great resource for nutrition, science, math, social studies, art lessons, and much more. It not only serves as an educational tool, but also breeds social team-building skills and gives students a sense of ownership and empowerment.

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    Nutrition Services wants to encourage and support all school and community garden projects. As the number of school gardens continues to grow, we want to standardize the process so developing, implementing and harvesting school gardens is easy for everyone involved. If you are interested in starting a school garden, we have developed a standardized application process that allows you to quickly approve your site with the Facilities Department and have access to resources that can help establish and sustain your garden.

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Tools and resources

Starting and creating your school garden

Funding your school garden

Garden Tower

  • Does your school have a Garden Tower? This unique vertical garden can grow up to 50 plants and vegetables in 4 square feet! This tower allows you to compost and garden at the same time to provide rich nutrients. It requires minimal upkeep and no weeding. The Garden Tower award winning design rotates for easy accessibility. Check out more resources for your Garden Tower on the Garden Tower Project website. 


Garden to Cafeteria program

Interested in volunteering in a school garden?

Additional resources