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School Garden Resources

Here are some useful resources and organizations that provide a wealth of information and guidance on growing School Gardens.  And, don't forget to call on the  UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa for free advice!


(*) Highly recommended and readily available

Online resources:

Where to obtain instructional materials, supplies, etc.:

  • Acorn Naturalists:  Catalog of books, supplies, etc. for environment-based education.
  • The Watershed Project:    Bay Area based nonprofit organization providing classes (Kids in Gardens, Groceries from the Garden) and educational materials.
  • California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC).  Publishes a resource guide (listed above), provides instructional material and lesson plans available online.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science and UC Botanical Garden:  These organizations partner bi-annually to present a workshop on school gardens.
  • Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair:  An annual exposition of environmental groups, classes, etc. held in Marin County each January.  The BAEER Fair is no longer available; consult the following for other environmental education resources in the Bay Area: http://static.lawrencehallofscience.org/baeerfair/
  • The Edible Schoolyard:   The one-acre school garden at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley.  Free monthly tours are available.