School Gardens: Resources

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Life Lab
 
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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Produce Safety (Institute of Child Nutrition)
 
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A series of USDA resources on produce safety that describe best practices for receiving, storing, handling, and purchasing fresh and fresh-cut produce through videos, fact sheets, and PowerPoint presentations is available on the Institute of Child Nutrition website.

Steps to a School Garden (Collective School Garden Network)
 
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The GREEN Tool: For Well-Integrated School Gardens (Teachers College, Columbia University)
 
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USDA Memo SP 06-2015 Farm to School and School Garden Expenses.
 
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School Garden Wizard (United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden)
 
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This website walks the user through the steps to starting a school garden from making the case for a school garden, to planning for success, to creating the garden, learning in the garden, and keeping it growing. Templates and worksheets are provided to aid in the process.

USDA Memo SP 32-2009 School Garden Questions & Answers
 
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The Penn State Master Gardener Program
 

This program may be able to guide schools in setting up a school garden.
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Interested schools should contact their local Penn State Cooperative Extension Office to talk to their local Master Gardener Coordinator. Use the link above to find local Cooperative Extension offices.