School Garden Resources

Mass Hort offers opportunities to grow skills and knowledge in the garden for the youngest gardeners and educators alike.

School Gardens have been shown to increase science achievement scores and to improve social behavior in students. They have also been shown to improve environmental attitudes, and instill appreciation for nature that lasts into adulthood. School gardens also increase student interest in eating fruits and vegetables.

Our horticultural educators can come to your school to present workshops for interested adults such as teachers, administrators, parents, and volunteers. Workshops are designed to develop confidence in gardening, so educators can focus on using garden spaces as teaching spaces.

Workshop topics include:

  • Composting and Soil Health
  • Extending the Growing Season
  • Pest Management
  • Planning New Garden Spaces
  • Planting and Harvesting Methods
  • Pollinator Friendly Planting
  • Seed Saving and Starting

Programs are 2 hours and may serve up to 25 adults.
We also consult on design of new gardens!

Contact us at education@masshort.org or 617-933-4973 to discuss rates and booking!

 

Why School Gardens?

 

School gardens allow students to work outside and observe that natural world as well as develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Additionally, school gardens have been shown to increase classroom performance, environmental appreciation, and interest in healthy eating. They also can be used to address behavioral issues and to develop community bonds.

Some Ideas for Your School Garden

Basics of School Gardens

Historically-Themed Gardens

Pollinator Gardens

Sensory GardensMass Hort School Garden Initiative. Basics of School Gardens

Garden Funding Options

Check out some of these options to fund your school garden program:

Annie’s Homegrown: Donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens.

BirdSleuth: Open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

Captain Planet Foundation: Small grants for environmental and garden programs.

Let’s Move Salad Bar: Apply to create or improve a salad bar in your school.

Massachusetts Master Gardeners School Garden Grant: Offered to nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a horticultural education program. 

Target Field Trip Grants: Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide.

USDA School Gardens Grants: Includes ACE grants which fund innovative ideas and outreach strategies to increase agricultural literacy among K-12 teachers and their students.

Whole Kids Foundation: Provides garden and salad bar grants for thousands of schools throughout the United States and Canada.

Youth Service America:  A compilation of grants focused on youth that changes regularly.

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