Create or Tend a School Garden

There are many reasons to maintain a garden at school. Gardens teach students about the important role of land in our lives: providing wildlife refuge and habitat, growing vegetables and fruit for instruction or cafeteria use, and providing places to divert water from storm sewers.

On top of all of these benefits, when kids see and learn about where their veggies come from, there’s a good chance they are going to eat more of them, which could help lower obesity rates and make our children healthier. Get your hands dirty by building a garden at a school in your community. Whether they are container gardens, raised beds, fruit trees or herb gardens, school gardens serve as hands-on classrooms for students of all ages. You can use planting a garden with students as an opportunity to teach lessons about plant cycles and the environment, as well as teamwork, responsibility and nutritional values.

Remember to track your impact by recording the type of garden you’ve created or tended and the square footage of garden space on campus.

Get started:

  • Form a team of administrators, parents, teachers, students and other members of the school community who can help you set and achieve a goal for the garden. Make sure everyone knows the value of a school garden, and then work with them to create a plan. The OK Recycling Association has a great guide for creating your plan.
  • School gardens can be wonderful teaching tools and inspiration for students, but they must be maintained. If you’re bringing one to your school, ensure that you have spoken to your school district staff and that there is a maintenance plan in place with the necessary resources to make it sustainable in the long-term.

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