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 will be held on October 10, 2015 in Irvine.
School Garden Grants
Follow the link below for complete details of Garden Grants currently open for applications.
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.
Literacy for Life Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2015
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is once again awarding grants to teachers looking to enhance the way they incorporate agriculture into their classrooms. Grant possibilities are limitless; be creative and innovative with your idea! Initiate a new project or expand an existing one that promotes agriculture.
For grant ideas and to apply, visit http://learnaboutag.org/literacyforlife.
Whole Kids Foundation Grants
The annual program is designed to support school garden projects designed to help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.
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 financial sustainability of the project.
2016 School Garden Grant Program
Application Open: September 1st, 2015
Application Closed: October 31, 2015 at 5pm CST
Review Period: Winter 2016
Notification of all applicants: February 15, 2016
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.
Garden Education Resources - download this document which contains links to websites listed above plus to the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, high school level composting curriculum, and much more.
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.