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Food for Thoughts Program

How to Start a Garden

We help teachers, parents and others to find resources and information. Our goals include helping schools to create a garden or renovate an existing garden within the school.

Sensory Garden

Sensory garden!

Vegetable garden

Veggie garden

School Monogram made with flowers

School Monogram in flowers

We strive to take the classroom activities into the garden, using it to teach other subjects, such as math, science and reading.

Garden being planned out

Good planning makes
for a great garden!

  1. Form a garden committee.
    • Start with at least three teachers and one or more administrators.
  2. Define the purpose and plan for your garden.
    • What needs can your garden fill? Where will funding come from?
  3. Lay out your objectives
    • Who will be gardening, and what will they be learning?
  4. Define a year-round plan for your garden.
    • What will happen to your garden during the summer? During winter break?
  5. Choose a permanent site and plan your garden spot
    • Sunlight, good drainage and close proximity to water are essential to any garden.
  6. Build your garden.
    • Let everyone help and benefit!
  7. Learn as you grow and maintain your garden.
Solarization of garden bed

Solarization keeps weeds down

Children working in the garden

Children love learning outdoors!

Monogram made with flowers

Let everyone help in
the building process

Using gardens in learning may help children to develop an interest in Math and Science, while helping convert abstract information into real life activities.