School Garden Curriculum

Integrating a school garden into classroom activities is challenging but rewarding! Here are a few “tried and tested” resources recommended by NYC instructors to get you started. If you have curriculum that you would like to share please let us know at growtolearn@grownyc.org.
 

Our Growing Place is an easy-to-follow toolkit for instructors who want to gain gardening and kitchen skills. There are 40 ready-made lessons to teach students about growing, cooking and enjoying healthy food. To help get you started, each written lesson comes with a short video of an instructor demonstrating the lesson with students. For virtual “classes” on basic garden and kitchen skills click on "Terms & Techniques” to watch an expert plant seeds, transplant, harvest, peel, chop, zest and more! Go to Our Growing Place.
 
The Agriculture in the Classroom National Resource Directory is an online searchable database that lists hundreds of educational resources designed to help educators locate high quality classroom materials and information to increase agricultural literacy among their Pre-K through 12th grade students.  Go to Agriculture in the Classroom.
 
Garden Mosaics is a science education and outreach program based at Cornell University, which combines science learning, multicultural understanding, intergenerational mentoring and community action through gardening.  Go to Garden Mosaics.
 
Life Lab Life Lab Science Program is a California-based nonprofit organization that helps schools develop gardens where children can create "living laboratories" for the study of the natural world. Life Lab has published various garden-based learning activity guides, provides professional development across that nation, and share many resources related to school gardens at www.lifelab.org. In addition to their award winning publications Life Lab helps curates the California School Garden Network's Lesson Database. Search free online lessons for Pre K - High School at http://www.csgn.org/curriculum. Go to Life Lab.
 
 
Through kidsgardening.org, the National Gardening Association (NGA) has free educational plant-based materials in five core areas: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening.  Go to The National Gardening Association.
 
This is a step-by-step curriculum guide that will direct students on how to develop a planting plan, nurture crops in the school garden, harvest the crop, and take it to market to sell. It is a 16-week program. This is a California curriculum, but could certainly be adapted for a New York City school garden. Go to San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance.