Resources For Starting And Sustaining A School Garden

Best First Step:  form a school garden committee made up of parents, school faculty or administration, and community members.  These connections will help make the garden sustainable over the long run.

Getting Started
A free, 51-page downloadable guide designed and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy in collaboration with Life Lab Science Program, a national leader in garden-based education. The Getting Started guide outlines all of the key steps toward creating a sustainable school garden program.

Benefits of School Gardening
Five key benefits of school learning garden programs from the Tampa Bay School Gardening Network

Making the Case for School Gardens
Statistics, research, and impacts of school learning garden programs by REAL School Gardens

Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
This site offers a six-step path to creating a school garden. Step One – Form a Garden Committee offers a short explanation of the roles a garden committee plays in starting and maintaining a successful school garden program.

National Gardening Association
Includes information on forming a garden committee.

Kids Gardening
This site includes a complete list of steps to building a youth garden including gathering support, design, sustaining, and funding.

School Garden Wizard
This site offers a series of free, downloadable guides: Making the Case, Plan for Success, Create the Garden, Learn in the Garden (curriculum) and Keep it Growing.

School Garden Start-up Guide: Easy Steps to Building a Sustainable School Garden Program
Common Ground Garden Program, University of California Cooperative Extension

Best Practices for School Orchards

How to Plant a Tree

Sample Student Safety Pledge & Liability Waiver (Word | PDF)
This sample form is to be used as a guideline only. Please make sure any waiver form you develop is approved by your school administration.