The list below is based on Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program and Starting and Maintaining a School Garden from the National Farm to School Network.
- Build a team — Identify key contacts to work with on this project.
- Identify goals — Gardens have many uses and forms, work with your team to define the goals for your schoolyard garden.
- Design your garden — Create a design that engages students and meets your shared goals. See the Slow Food USA School Garden Guide for ideas to design and build the garden.
- Find funding — Develop a creative approach to secure funds and materials for your garden. See Other Garden Grant Opportunities from MonarchLab for ideas.
Other Recommended Resources
SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) — Connect with a SNAP-Ed educator to kickstart a collaborative effort.
School Garden Crops: Top Ten Vegetables to Harvest During the School Year (371 K PDF) — University of Minnesota
School Gardens — Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program — 2011 webinar.
Got Dirt — Wisconsin Department of Health Services — Webinars and toolkit.
Steps to a School Garden — California School Garden Network — Resources for each step of managing your school garden.
School Garden Sustainability Plan — Cornell University — This worksheet can give you an idea of all the elements to have in place for a school garden that continues year after year.
School Gardening — KidsGardening — Guides and activities.
School Garden Resources — Life Lab — Curricula and resources.
Incorporating School Garden Language into a School Wellness Policy — Community Groundworks — Recommendations for school wellness policy language to promote student health.