Edible school gardens provide an excellent tool for teaching youth about healthy eating and where food comes from. Growing food also exposes students to more varieties of food and encourages them to try different types of produce. Plus, research shows students gardening at school are more physically active.
Some Wake County schools have incorporated edible gardens into their NC standard course of study curriculum, and some have gardening clubs. While harvest from school gardens cannot be used in the cafeteria of public schools in Wake, students may sample the fruits of their labor in their classrooms. Students also may take produce home to their families or donate it to organizations serving families in need.
These resources are provided to help you figure how how to start and maintain a school garden and provide additional tools such as curriculum lessons tied to the edible garden and more.
Starting & Managing Edible School Gardens
Curriculum Related to Gardens
Local Organizations That Can Help
Remember that community partnerships are a huge part of school gardens. Work with local businesses, including nurseries and other businesses and service organizations such as scouts, to support your garden.