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School Gardens Growing Minds trains individuals to establish farm to school gardens and to integrate  gardening into state and national curriculum. We emphasize how to sustain a garden program by involving community partners, such as parents, farmers, college students, and agricultural professionals. Students will eat what they grow! School gardens are an excellent tool for experiential learning and nutrition education. Check out the resources below to create or expand your garden program. What you can do Start a classroom garden by following these basic steps Utilize our garden lesson plans for connections to Common Core standards and children’s literature Apply for school garden funds from Growing Minds Download and customize our This Week in the Garden weekly activity guides for your school garden, or use them as they are! Contact us for free seeds for your school garden. Free seeds are available to public and private preK-12 schools in the Appalachian Grown region. School Garden Resources Tips for gardening with students
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School Garden Ideas

Growing Minds trains individuals to establish farm to school gardens and to integrate  gardening into state and national curriculum. We emphasize how to sustain a garden program by involving community partners, such as parents, farmers, college students, and agricultural professionals. Students will eat what they grow! School gardens are an excellent tool for experiential learning and nutrition education. Check out the resources below to create or expand your garden program. What you can do Start a classroom garden by following these basic steps Utilize our garden lesson plans for connections to Common Core standards and children’s literature Apply for school garden funds from Growing Minds Download and customize our This Week in the Garden weekly activity guides for your school garden, or use them as they are! Contact us for free seeds for your school garden. Free seeds are available to public and private preK-12 schools in the Appalachian Grown region. School Garden Resources Tips for gardening with students
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School Garden Ideas

Our Work Local Food in SchoolsSchools provide farmers with a viable market in their community, while local farmers supply schools with the freshest food possible. Farm Field TripsOn farm field trips, children see where their food comes from and meet the farmers growing food for their communities. Local Food CookingCooking demonstrations and classes help students learn to prepare and enjoy eating healthy local foods. School GardensThrough school gardens, students reconnect with their agricultural heritage and are able to eat the fresh, healthy fruits of their labor. Special ProjectsCommunity partners are essential to our work, including our role with the National Farm to School Network. Resources Lesson Plans, Activities, and IdeasSave or print full lesson plans, activities, and curriculum ideas related to school gardens, farms, and local food. Children’s LiteratureBrowse the titles in our lending library appropriate for Farm to School lessons. Local Food RecipesFind recipes that highlight local food and are perfect for preparing both in the classroom and at home. Get Local @ School MaterialsCheck out our Get Local @ School materials for an effective strategy to introduce local, seasonal fruits and vegetables to students. Trainings and WorkshopsLearn about our upcoming Farm to School workshops, and view resources and photos from these past events. About About Growing Minds and Farm to SchoolDiscover the history of Farm to School and more about its four core components. About ASAPConnect with Growing Minds’ parent organization, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Meet the TeamView pictures and bios of Growing Minds’ dedicated staff. Contact UsClick to find our address, phone number, and reach the team.
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School Garden Ideas

Start something unusual in a zip lock bag. Moisten paper towel with very clean hands and slide into zip lock bag. Add 3 seeds (beans, corn, raw peanut, cotton) Transfer to garden when it warms up outside. Provide the birds with nesting materials. Hang a mesh bag on fence in out of way place and weave in a variety of materials (Hair from brushes, yarn, string, dried grass..). Watch these materials show up in nests. Follow the life cycle of a Painted Lady butterfly by raising a caterpillar. Release the butterfly in the native plant garden. Have a lady bug release in April. Watch for the larvae and pupa in the garden before the end of school. Collect soils from different spots. Put in clear plastic cups and compare texture, color, and how it absorbs water. Plant lettuce in any creative container. Looks great and fun to nibble. Pick violets and candy with sugar water. Serve on top of muffins in May for the mothers. Have a tea party in the garden. Make flower prints with real flowers dipped in tempera then on paper. Make recycle paper and add flower petals. Find all the wonderful books on gardens in the library. Act out “Little Brown Seed” I’m a little brown seed. Rolled up in a tiny ball. I’ll wait for the rain and sunshine. To make me big and tall. Older children like to make up a rap/song about worms, slugs, decomposition, and other parts of the garden ecosystem. Sing with Van zandt’s tape, “Dirt Made My Lunch” and Mary Miche’s “Earthy Tunes”.These are just a collection of ideas to use around the garden. As Frederick Froebel wrote in The Education of Man in 1826, the school garden act as “budding points” for branching out in new directions of knowledge. Compiled by Amanda Vanhoozier, Gardeners in Community Development
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School Garden Ideas

Provide the birds with nesting materials. Hang a mesh bag on fence in out of way place and weave in a variety of materials (Hair from brushes, yarn, string, dried grass..). Watch these materials show up in nests. Follow the life cycle of a Painted Lady butterfly by raising a caterpillar. Release the butterfly in the native plant garden. Have a lady bug release in April. Watch for the larvae and pupa in the garden before the end of school. Collect soils from different spots. Put in clear plastic cups and compare texture, color, and how it absorbs water. Plant lettuce in any creative container. Looks great and fun to nibble. Pick violets and candy with sugar water. Serve on top of muffins in May for the mothers. Have a tea party in the garden. Make flower prints with real flowers dipped in tempera then on paper. Make recycle paper and add flower petals. Find all the wonderful books on gardens in the library. Act out “Little Brown Seed” I’m a little brown seed. Rolled up in a tiny ball. I’ll wait for the rain and sunshine. To make me big and tall. Older children like to make up a rap/song about worms, slugs, decomposition, and other parts of the garden ecosystem. Sing with Van zandt’s tape, “Dirt Made My Lunch” and Mary Miche’s “Earthy Tunes”.These are just a collection of ideas to use around the garden. As Frederick Froebel wrote in The Education of Man in 1826, the school garden act as “budding points” for branching out in new directions of knowledge. Compiled by Amanda Vanhoozier, Gardeners in Community Development
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School Garden Ideas

Follow the life cycle of a Painted Lady butterfly by raising a caterpillar. Release the butterfly in the native plant garden. Have a lady bug release in April. Watch for the larvae and pupa in the garden before the end of school. Collect soils from different spots. Put in clear plastic cups and compare texture, color, and how it absorbs water. Plant lettuce in any creative container. Looks great and fun to nibble. Pick violets and candy with sugar water. Serve on top of muffins in May for the mothers. Have a tea party in the garden. Make flower prints with real flowers dipped in tempera then on paper. Make recycle paper and add flower petals. Find all the wonderful books on gardens in the library. Act out “Little Brown Seed” I’m a little brown seed. Rolled up in a tiny ball. I’ll wait for the rain and sunshine. To make me big and tall. Older children like to make up a rap/song about worms, slugs, decomposition, and other parts of the garden ecosystem. Sing with Van zandt’s tape, “Dirt Made My Lunch” and Mary Miche’s “Earthy Tunes”.These are just a collection of ideas to use around the garden. As Frederick Froebel wrote in The Education of Man in 1826, the school garden act as “budding points” for branching out in new directions of knowledge. Compiled by Amanda Vanhoozier, Gardeners in Community Development
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School Garden Ideas

Special themes make the school garden more fun, and offer lots of opportunities for creative and critical thinking. You might want to try a different one each year. ABC garden (A is for artichokes or alyssum, B is for broccoli or begonias, etc.) vegetable soup garden (ask your students what veggies they would like to grow to put in their soup next autumn) crayon colour garden or rainbow garden (purple potatoes, anyone?) dinosaur garden (using plants that have survived since prehistoric times) enchanted garden or adventure garden (with pole bean teepees, a corn maze, sunflower forts and other places to hide and let the imagination run wild)

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