School Garden Coalition

School Garden Coalition



~ According to the Journal of American Dietetics, 6th grade students involved in a garden-based nutrition educaiton program increased their fruit and vegetable consumption by 2.5 servings per day, more than doubling their overall consumption. ~

Click here for the FCPS School Garden Brochure.


Need help designing and building raised beds for your school garden?  Click here for easy-to-follow instructions.

Before you dig, don't forget to complete and submit the School Garden Project Proposal to your principal.  If you are applying for a grant to help with funding, please submit the Intent To Apply form so that a FCPS Grant Specialist may assist you with purchasing, reimbursements and timline.

Also, be sure to review underground utility maps.  Questions?

Curriculum Connections

NEW! KY Farm To School curriculum HERE & Ready, Set, Grow: a Guide to Gardening for KY (KY Dept of Agriculture) HERE.


Online Farm To School Interactive Activities and Lesson Plans

Discovery Education, The Good Egg Project Challenge

Outdoor Classroom Manual (California School Garden Network)

Suggested Timeline for an Outdoor Classroom

Resources for Food Safety Procedures

Fresh, Healthy & Safe Food: Best Practices for Using Produce From School Gardens

Grow It, Eat It: Food Safety in the School Garden

Five Steps to Food Safe School Gardening


4-H Extension Office Windowsill Kit Packet Not ready to install a campus garden but interested in incorporating the benefits of a garden into your curriculum?  Complete this form and submit to 4-H for a free windowsill kit in your classroom.


Garden Funding Opportunities

Before you apply, please remember to submit the Intent to Apply form so that a FCPS Grant Specialist can help you facilitate purchases, reimbursements and timeline.

Though some of the below links may be outdated, many of them are annual, so consider reaching out to the grantor to inquire if/when they are offering a grant for the current school year.

Click HERE to learn about the Lexington Council Garden Club grant.

Click HERE to apply for the $300 Fayette County Farm Bureau School Garden Award.

Click HERE to learn about a $600 Sow It Forward Kitchen Gardeners International school garden grant.

Click HERE to learn about a $5,000 Garden Grant from Green Education Foundation.

Click HERE to learn about a $5,000 School Garden Grants Program grant.

Click HERE to learn about a Farm Bureau School Garden Grant.

Click HERE to learn more about the Burpee Home Gardens Grant for up to $2,500 for supplies, herb and vegetable plants, on-site assistance for garden installatin, 5 gallons of plant food and a Flip Video camera to document garden progress.

Click HERE to learn more about the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program.

Click HERE to learn more about the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant program.

Click HERE to learn more about the KidsGardening Youth Garden grant program.

Click HERE to learn more about the Subaru Healthy Sprouts grant program.

Click HERE to learn more about the Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens.

If interested in a rain garden, click HERE to learn more about the LFUCG Stormwater Quality Incentive grant.


Thank you, SGC member Casey Hinds, for sharing this inspirational story.

If you're a skeptic when it comes to school gardens, this guy might change your mind.  Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher.  With the help of his extended student and community family, they have grown over 25,000 lbs of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.

Green Bronx Machine


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