School Gardens

  • farm2school  District 6 School Garden Program

    School gardens provide a unique, hands-on learning environment for students, teachers and community members. A school garden is a great resource in curricula ranging from nutrition, science, math, social studies, art 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.


    There are countless ways to utilize the products of a school garden and incorporate your students and staff. Some examples include:

    • Incorporating the garden into lesson plans, both in the classroom and outside in the garden
    • Featuring garden produce in the school cafeteria (especially in salad bars)
    • Donating produce to a local homeless shelter, food bank or women's shelter
    • Selling produce or home-made garden product for a fundraiser
    • Recruiting sports teams, school clubs, or summer programs to work the garden during the summer or holidays 

    We currently have school gardens at the following sites:

    • Centennial Elementary School
    • Prairie Heights Middle School
    • Greeley West High School
    • Northridge High School

    Interested in volunteering? Fill out our google form and we will contact you!

    Nutrition Services wants to encourage and support all school and community garden projects. If you are interested in starting a school garden, have a school garden and would like financial, technical, or general support, or simply have questions, please contact Natalie Leffler at


    Documents helpful for starting or maintaining a garden:

    Standard Garden Procedure

    • Starting a School Garden Checklist
    • Facilities Garden Application
    • Rentable Equipment Inventory & Request Form
    • Other helpful resources

    Garden to Cafeteria Application and Protocol Packet

    The Garden to Cafeteria (GTC) program is a unique opportunity for Weld County School District 6 students to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in their school gardens to supplement meals served in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria will purchase this produce from the gardens, bringing funding to the garden, and creating a sense of ownership among students, who will see their hand-grown produce nourishing their peers.

    Food Safety Checklist

    Record Sheet

    Equipment Rental Agreement