School & Youth Gardens
The UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners are active with schools, churches and Boys & Girls Clubs in our community. We have established a group of volunteers who have been trained to assist local educators in their efforts to implement a school garden.
We are passionate about “propagating” the next generation of home gardeners and opening the eyes of children to the experience of agriculture, the taste of foods that provide a healthier lifestyle and their responsibility for environmental stewardship.
"TMA has a wonderful garden where students get to enjoy and learn about planting. We have parents, classroom Garden Masters, who help us each month in the garden with our lessons and activities. We also have Master Gardeners who teach our classroom Garden Masters all about gardening and tying academic concepts to work in the garden." Jared DeBest, TMA 5th Grader (read full text at OC Organic Garden Blog)
Master Gardeners of Orange County Work with JourneySchool to Develop and Guide Their Gardening Program
Youth Garden Workshops
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Learn more about the Youth Garden Workshops designed for parents, teachers and other volunteers interested in creating or maintaining a youth garden at your school, church or other community entity. The Spring Workshop is scheduled March 21, 2015. The registration site will be updated soon. More details and the agenda will be provided via email to all registered attendees.
School Garden Grants
Follow the link below for complete details of Garden Grants currently open for applications.
California Fertilizer Foundation
In 1999, the California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) contributed $8,000 to predominately urban schools in California to be used in sustaining or establishing school gardens. To date, CFF has donated more than $300,000 to more than 250 California schools for school garden projects.
Over the years, they have expanded the program and are now able to annually provide 24 grants for $1,200 each to schools throughout California (12 awarded twice a year). At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip. Through the garden program, CFF provides direct funding to California schools for garden projects. The gardens provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to truly "grow" together. For more information, please contact Mary Junqueiro at (916) 574-9744.
GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: CFF prefers to have all grant applications sent to them in electronic form. Please download the application form, scan it into your computer, and email it and your supporting information to Mary Junqueiro at email@example.com.
Grant Application: Click here.
Taste Test Grants
The deadline for the California Specialty Crop taste Test Grants has been extended to November 1, 2104!
Taste Tests are a great way to connect students to agriculture while meeting the four C's of Common Core-critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to offer $200 California Specialty Crop Taste Test Grants. Be one of 250 educators to purchase California specialty crops for student taste tests. This is a tasty way to reinforce Common Core standards in your classroom!
Apply today at www.LearnAboutAg.org/tastetest!
LifeLab and CSGN
The California School Garden Network Grants and Fundraising Page lists some of the best garden-based learning grant resources plus much more to help your program raise funds.
These resources are available for free to anyone working to support others in creating and sustaining school gardens. At the CSYSG Trainer Page you will find the following:
- A download of all CSYSG Workshop Handouts, Trainer Outlines (TO), and Supplementary Trainer Materials.
- PDF file of all CSYSG Workshop Handouts
- Workshop PowerPoints
- Gardens for Learning Guide Book
- Selected CSYSG Materials in Spanish
- Freebies, fliers, and handouts to promote school gardens
A Child’s Garden of Standards – An Educator’s guide book on bridging the gap between the classroom and the garden in Grades 2-6. This document includes recipes, classroom activities and lessons on topics ranging from gardening to waste management.
Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food – the California Department of Education’s webpage that offers several links focusing on sustainable, environment conscious gardening for Grades 2-7.
Nutrition to Grow On - 9 lesson plans for teachers that focus on how growing a garden can encourage a student’s academic capabilities in all subjects in the classroom. These lesson plans are geared more for elementary school students.
Coloring books that can be printed out:
Parts of the Plants that we eat.
Good Bugs in the Garden
Questions and Requests for information or help - Youth Gardens
The following "survey" can be used to request a consultation at your youth or school garden by a Master Gardener.
Complete the fields below and include your question or comments regarding school gardens. Thank you.