Managing a School Garden? Let’s make it easy!
Managing a school garden may seem like a lot of work, but we are here to make it easier. Use our communication tools below to coordinate with key groups in your school – your Garden Team, teachers & staff, and family & community volunteers. We have compiled an array of resources to help you get started in school garden management:
Your Garden Team:
Organize and coordinate your efforts as a garden team.
- Your Garden Team
- Learning Garden Roles and Responsibilities
- Kick-Off Day Guide
- Kick-Off Day Schedule Template
- Learning Garden Models
- Annual Communication Schedule for the Garden Team
- Sample Meeting Agenda
- Blank Meeting Agenda
- Growing Season Overview Planning Document
- Managing a Planting Day
- Create Your School’s Watering Schedule
- Blank Monthly Watering Calendars
- Harvest Planning Worksheet
- School Donation Request Template (word.doc)
- Full 2017 Learning Garden Manual PDF
Teachers and other school staff:
Recruit more teachers, communicate the garden vision, and provide opportunities for them to engage with the garden.
- Garden Team Letter invitation to school Staff (word.doc)
- Principal letter invitation to staff (word.doc)
- This is Your Learning Garden Poster
- Dig into Real Food Poster (Spanish Version Here)
- Learning Garden Talking Points
- Learning Garden Event Expectations
- Weekly Garden Sign-Up
- Documents around how to plan for, and set up a watering schedule can be found on our Watering Page.
- Lessons organized by grade band and topic can be found in our Lesson Library. Updates to our Lesson Library are coming soon!
Family and Community Volunteers:
Build a community of support around your garden to enhance your school’s commitment to real food and engage families in garden care and eating produce.
- Garden Team Invitation letter to parents (word.doc)
- Garden Team Invitation letter to parents in Spanish (word.doc)
- Calling All Parents Poster (Spanish Version Here)
- Come Volunteer in our Learning Garden (Spanish Version Here)
- Watering With your Drip Irrigation System (Spanish Version Here)
- Watering With your Hose and Spray Nozzle (Spanish Version Here)
- Send Produce Home with Students (Spanish Version Here)
- Recipes for Home Cooking (Spanish Version Here)