The School Garden Program is dedicated to growing healthier and smarter kids by using school gardens as an educational tool. School gardens provide such an amazing opportunity to engage students, teachers, parents, and volunteers, but they also offer their own unique challenges. The Wasatch Community Gardens School Garden Program is here to meet you where you're at and lend a helping hand!
We are excited to support to school gardens in the following ways:
- Through our Seedling Newsletter, a monthly newsletter full of lesson plans, seasonal recipes, success stories & tips, grant opportunities, and workshop offerings. Sign up here!
- With our garden curriculums. These yearlong guides get your class out in the garden and learning!
- Through our resources page which include tips on everything from keeping a food safe garden to suggested garden design elements and how to execute them!
If your school would like support beyond the offerings listed, consider becoming part of the School Garden Program!
Become Part of the School Garden Program
Wasatch Community Gardens' School Garden Program offers support to school gardens in the Salt Lake Valley. We know that running a school garden has different needs and challenges from most other community gardens. WCG is here to help you manage those needs; whether it's supporting a school in getting their garden going, providing support through changes in garden leadership, or helping educators incorporate the garden into their classrooms. We will work to help you reach the next level of growing and eating fresh foods in your garden!
Tier 1: School Garden Program Ambassador
If you have access to a school garden and love to try new lessons with your students, you might be the perfect fit as a WCG Ambassador! As an ambassador, you will receive lessons, tools to execute the lessons, seeds, support, a WCG t-shirt, early entry into the WCG Plant Sale, and discounts to our Organic Gardening Workshops. We are always looking for teachers to report back on how we're doing with our curriculum development. We accept applications for ambassadors on an on-going basis.
Tier 2: Consultation Gardens
Do you have a school garden with an engaged and excited staff and community, but would like some outside support to take your project to the next level? Participating as a Tier 2 school can help you fully utilize the garden as a teaching space, and offer support as you go through garden development, expansion, or a change of leadership. By signing up to be a part of Wasatch Community Gardens' School Garden Program at the Tier 2 level, you will receive:
- Access to Wasatch Community Gardens' staff time in the form of four site visits a year (read more about what site visits are all about)
- Scholarships for two people to attend one of the School Garden Leadership Trainings (either "Before you Break Ground" or "It's Built, Now What?")
- Scholarships to Wasatch Community Gardens' standard fee organic gardening workshops
- Volunteer work crews for large garden projects (as available)
- Access to Wasatch Community Gardens' Seedling Share
Tier 3: Teaching Gardens
Are you interested in having all the benefits of a Tier 2 school, and additionally have Wasatch Community Gardens' staff teach engaging lessons to your students? Tier 3 gardens will receive 4 weeks a year of direct teaching in the garden by Wasatch Community Gardens' staff. Staff will come to the school and spend a week teaching garden lessons to every student in the school. Teachers will be able to 'shadow' the garden lesson to observe how to manage a classroom out in the garden, and will be given follow up lesson plans to keep their students engaged. Because your school garden will be used for teaching, Wasatch Community Gardens' staff will also assist the school with work parties and management of the garden.
Tier 3 schools will recieve all of the Tier 2 benefits PLUS:
- Four weeks of garden-based classes taught by Wasatch Community Gardens' staff with every lesson including a seasonally apporpriate snack.
- Work parties and volunteer days organized by Wasatch Community Garden' staff and with the garden leadership team of the school.
Coming June 2017!
We are also thrilled to be hosting a whole bunch of workshops dedicated to the school gardener. Take a look at the 2017 summer line-up:
2017 School Garden Workshops
The curriculum workshops are designed to give you one semester worth of lesson plans, planting plans, and recipes. For anyone looking for a ‘guideline’ on what to plant, how to teach about what you’ve planted, and how to turn what you’ve grown into a snack for the whole class, these workshops are for you!
Please note, the material covered in the May 20 & 23 workshops will be the same, and the material covered in the Sept 26 & Oct 7 workshops will be the same. We are teaching the same material on two different days to offer a variety of time options. It is strongly recommended that you sign up for ONE spring and ONE fall workshop together to receive a full years worth of planting and teaching plans! (For example, sign up for the May 20th and the October 7th classes at the same time)
If you’re looking to start a school garden or you already have a garden and need pointers on how to manage it or how to expand it, we have two workshops this summer for you.
Tues, July 11th 6-8 Managing a School Garden: It’s Built, Now What?