School Garden Resources

School Garden Virtual Education Series Recordings

Cool Kid Plants: Plants Every Kid Should Know and Grow with Norm Lownds. Are you looking for kid tested and approved plants for your school or home garden? This session will highlight a number of interesting, easy to grow plants that engage kids and get them growing! A recording with closed captioning is available here.

Pollinator Gardening with Children with Ellen Koehler. What are pollinators, and why are they important to us? How can we help pollinators? School and community garden leaders join us to explore ideas and resources for place-based learning about plants, pollinators, and pollination.   

Finding Resources for School Gardens

The Michigan Farm to School email list highlights grant opportunities in the monthly newsletter and in the periodic school garden newsletter. Sign up for the low-traffic email list here, by clicking on the Want Farm to School News button.

Kids Gardening maintains a list of current and past school garden grant opportunities, available here.

The National School Garden Support Organization Network maintains a list of best practice models for financial and program sustainability.

LifeLab has compiled resources and grants for garden educators seeking funding for their programs. The list is available on this site, under the heading Funding Your Garden Program.

 Resources for Educators

MSU 4-H Children's Garden is open for local visitors and has many resources online for school gardeners throughout the state and country. 

National Farm to School Network has a searchable library of resources from around the country, which you can access by filtering by school gardens on the left.

LifeLab curates a wide range of resources for school gardens from curriculum, to tips on starting a school garden to outdoor classroom management. 

Kids Gardening curates a collection of resources for school gardens including garden activities, curriculum, and school garden design resources. 

School Garden Support Organization Network has recordings of past webinars covering a wide range of school garden topics, featuring practitioners from around the country. 

Wisconsin School Garden Network has a searchable library of school garden resources, including curriculum, garden planning, and maintaining and sustaining school garden programs.