School Community Garden Resources

A school garden offers many benefits and leads to sustainable healthy school communities. With effective cross-curricular connections, increased awareness of our natural environment and authentic learning experiences, children have the chance to learn at a higher level than they would simply sitting in a classroom.

Name of Resource: Author Organization Description Teaching & Learning Social & Physical Environments Partnerships & Services Policy
Grants to Support Classroom Gardens and Schoolyard Greening Ever Active Schools A list of names, descriptions and value of grants that support classroom gardens and schoolyard greening across Alberta.
Seed Survivor- Grounds for Change Program Grade Level: K-9 Agrium Now, more than ever, it is important to connect children with nature. With focus on schoolyard naturalization, this site provides curriculum connections (K-9), classroom resources, teacher professional development opportunities and the Grounds for Change Manual: A User's Guide to Schoolyard Naturalization.
Community Gardens Handbook Alberta Health Services A handbook that provides information to groups that want to start a community garden, listing key steps while providing tools and tips.    
Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet Infographic Anglian Home Easy-to-read infographic that includes when and where to plant, what to plant together and much more.
Greening School Grounds Grade Level: K-9 Evergreen Multiple documents to aid in design, management and policy implementation for greening school grounds. Also includes grant opportunities.
A Guide to Growing School Gardens in Alberta Grade Level: K-12 Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Forestry A reference document for teachers wanting to start a school garden. This document includes curricular links, lesson ideas, planning tools and timing charts to support teachers of all grade levels as they implement gardening in their classrooms.
Ag Education Grade Level: K-12 Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development Ag Education connects teachers to programs and resources that will help them integrate agriculture in the curriculum.
School Garden Checklist Let's Move! Before you start a school garden, 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.    
Little Green Thumbs Grade Level: K-12 Little Green Thumbs Little Green Thumbs is an indoor gardening program that gives elementary and high school students the opportunity to become food producers right in their own classroom! This hands on, inquiry-based education program helps young people value the health of themselves, the environment and their community.
EarthBox Grade Level: K-9 Novelty Manufacturing Co. EarthBox Education develops and sells Pre-K-12th Grade sustainable container garden systems, customized accessories, and correlated curricula and guides to establish EarthBox Instructional School Gardens.
Learning Garden Grade Level: K-12 Nutrients for Life Nutrients for Life is a science-based program that provides teachers with funding, resources and support to start a learning garden in their school. The Learning Gardens includes resources for teachers that provide students with authentic, first-hand learning experiences about food production.
School Gardens Project Grade Level: K-9 Salisbury Greenhouse Curriculum ideas and inspiration for a range of subjects that connect to gardening for grades K-9.
Tower Gardens Tower Gardens, Juice Plus+ Tower Gardens allow for indoor growing in the classroom via aeroponics, rather than soil.
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