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School Garden Support & Training

For over 30 years, SFC's Grow Local has helped Central Texans start and sustain school gardens by connecting parents, teachers, and community members with the training and resources they need in order to establish, use, sustain, and advocate for school gardens.

School gardens offer children (and adults!) opportunities to grow food and discover how delicious and fun eating fresh fruits and vegetables can be. Research shows that in addition to increasing children's openness to, preference for, and intake of healthy foods, school garden participation improves academic performance, social behavior, and appreciation for the environment.

GET GOING!

Trainings and Resources

  • School Garden Leadership Training. Offered twice a year in the fall and spring, these trainings empower school staff, parents, and community members to plan, start, and sustain a school garden. CE credit available through AISD for teachers. (see SFC’s Classes page)
  • School Garden Classroom Training. Offered in late fall, this peer-facilitated, hands-on training provides guidance on how to use the school garden for classroom learning. Local school garden leaders share lessons and best practices. CE credit available through AISD for teachers. (see SFC’s Classes page)

Support

  • Consultation: We offer consultation on organizing, planning, building, and using school gardens. Please call or email us using the contact information below.
  • Free Resources: Enroll your school garden in the Spread the Harvest program and receive free seeds, transplants, compost, and fertilizer.
  • Funding: Download the Funding Opportunities PDF on our Grow Local page and apply for a grant. We are happy to review your application.
  • Free Classes: Do you work at a school serving a predominately low-income community? We offer Community Introduction to Food Gardening classes in the fall and spring at various sites in the Austin metropolitan area. Contact us by phone or email for more information.
  • Volunteers: Need school garden volunteers? Let us know, and we will share your volunteer needs and requests with our community of SFC volunteers.

KEEP LEARNING!

  • Inspire Youth to Grow Food! Schedule a field trip to SFC's Teaching Garden during the school year. Visit the Teaching Garden page for details.

Contact

Bianca Bidiuc Peterson, Grow Local School Garden Manager

p: 512-220-1097

bianca@sustainablefoodcenter.org