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Growing School GardensedWeb.Net — A great place for educators, gardeners, parents and volutneers to share information and resources on garden-based learning. Membership to this online learning community is free. Check out their listing of webinars for continued learning.

Starting a School Garden Fact Sheet — National Farm to School Network

Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards: A How to Manual for School ProfessionalsStatewide Health Improvement Program and Anoka–Hennepin School District

School Garden ChecklistLet's Move — Whether you're looking for a new way to capture your students' interest as the weather breaks or you simply need to add some life to your classroom or school, planting a school garden will do the trick. Before you start a garden of your own, read and download this step-by-step guide, which offers important information about how to safely grow your own fruits and vegetables with your students.

Got Dirt?  — Wisconsin Department of Health Services — This is a toolkit designed to help organizers implement community, childcare and school gardens.

Community Garden ToolkitThe National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) — This toolkit is designed to help overcome the legal and practical barriers to establishing community gardens on land that is not municipally owned. It provides several model agreements and other documents that can easily be tailored, simplifying the process of building an agreement that benefits both landowners and the community.

KidsGardening has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. It provides free educational plant-based materials, grants, and resources that speak to young minds, educators, youth and community organizations, and the general gardening public in five core areas; education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening.

School Garden ResourcesLife Lab — A comprehensive collection of resources to start, grow and educate in your school garden.

Youth and Community FoodC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State University — Comprehensive list of school garden resources, including a detailed data base of hands—on activities and lessons


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