UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County

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 Spring Workshop is scheduled for March 29, 2014. 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:

Western Growers

Western Growers Foundation has a sustaining grant open for California and Arizona schools who already have an edible garden.

Details are at:  www.westerngrowersfoundation.org/grants

Deadline for applying is February 14, 2014.  Forty schools will receive $500 each.


DOLE Fruit Bowls and Captain Planet Foundation

DOLE Fruit Bowls and Captain Planet Foundation are teaming up to host the "DOLE Fruit Bowls & Captain Planet Foundation's Learning Garden Challenge".  The contest will recognize schools (K-8) that have established school gardens that provide an occasion for learning, environmental stewardship and an understanding of the role that fresh fruits and vegetables play in a healthy lifestyle.  Schools with existing learning gardens are invited to enter the challenge for a chance to win up to $5,000, a one-year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls, and essential Learning Garden tools from Captain Planet Foundation, including a mobile garden cooking cart, learning garden lessons and lesson supply bins.

To enter the challenge, applicants must complete an entry form at www.dolegardenchallenge.com and submit up to two photos detailing the school's learning garden  The contest opens January 29, 2014 and the entry deadline is March 12, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. 

A panel of five judges will select five finalists in April.  The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 to benefit their school.  The four other finalists will each receive $1,000 and all fine will win a one-year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and tools from Captain Planet Foundation.  Winners will be announced around Earth Day (April 22, 2014). 


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.

 Online Resources

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Training Materials are now online!

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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