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Local Resources

You are not alone in your goal to start and maintain a thriving school garden. Minnesota organizations are here to help, with workshops and other events.

Workshops and Events

Creating and Using a Schoolyard GardenMonarch Labs — Seeks to increase student and teacher expertise in ecological research, natural history and sustainability. Through summer workshops, curriculum and schoolyard garden grants, teachers gain the skills and the tools to lead their student to investigate the natural world.

Master Gardener — This Extension program benefits schools, community gardens, youth programs, environmental education programs, farmers markets, and much more.

Education for Children and FamiliesMinnesota Landscape Arboretum — Experiential education for children in gardens.

School Garden 101 — In October 2013, school staff across Minnesota worked to tie garden learning to the classroom, and harvest to the cafeteria. Participants gained continuing education hours while connecting to other schools and building their skill set. This course was for groups of school staff to: build understanding of basic gardening principles, connect gardening principles to school activities and curricula, and support the creation and maintenance of school gardens with ideas and planning time. For additional information, contact Anne Dybsetter,


Gardening Matters — Supports the sustainable development of community gardens and schoolyard gardens for producing fresh produce, being a learning site for healthier eating, and engaging community and youth in active, healthier living.

Youth Farm & Market Project — Provides year-round, youth development programming for over 500 youth, ages 9-18, using experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens, and greenhouses.

Urban Roots (formerly the Community Design Center) — Builds vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development.

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