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School Gardens Steps to Success

Steps to Success

  1. Gather your Team
  • Build a leadership team of 5 to 10 people, including support from teachers, students, administration, and families.
  1. Integrate the Garden
  • Ask: Why is a garden right for us? What are our goals? Will the garden connect to specific standards?
  • Who is our garden for? When in the school day will it be used?
  1. Find a Garden Site (and Permission!)
  • Easily visible and accessible for teachers and students, 8 hours of direct sunlight, and close access to water.
  • Work closely with your school’s facilities department and administration about permits or other requirements.
  1. Develop the Garden
  • Design the garden with students and teachers! Start small and build on success. Developing in phases is a good way to go.
  • Identify partners who can help with resources and funding. See listed grant opportunities.
  • Plan: How will the garden be maintained? Will each class have their own plot, will it be a communal garden, or some combination? Develop leadership roles and garden guidelines.
  1. Build Community Year-round

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