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
Click on the link above to access more information on the following:
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 Fall Workshop is scheduled for November 2nd, 2013. Registration is now online by clicking on the link above. More details and agendas will be provided via email upon registration.
On the second Sunday of each month, Children's Garden Workshops are held approximately every thirty minutes at the Great Park's Farm + Food Lab from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The topics change each month.
School Garden Grants
Follow each of the links below for complete details of Garden Grants currently open for applications. The deadlines are listed below. Don’t delay, apply now:
Whole Kids Foundation Accepting Applications for School Garden Grant Program
In collaboration with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation is accepting applications for the School Garden Grant Program, which supports school garden projects that help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds with the goal of interesting children in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.
The foundation will only consider applications for school gardens in the United States (including its territories), the United Kingdom, and Canada. Grants will provide $2,000 for projects lasting a year and will be limited to one per school.
Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2013, until October 31, 2013.
See the Whole Kids Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the online application form.
Contact: Link to Complete RFP
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.
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