School Garden Support & Training
SFC's Grow Local helped teachers, parents, and community members in the Austin area start, use, and sustain successful school gardens through training and educational materials. School gardens can serve as an outdoor classroom for multiple subjects and connect students to the food system.
Training and Resources
SFC resources and are available for download here:
Additional resources from the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Farm Fresh Initiative:
- Starting a Garden: Get approval from your campus and district administration first. If you are an AISD school interested in starting or expanding a garden, submit an AISD Application for Schoolyard Improvement Projects. AISD Facilities staff will review and approve the application.
- What To Do With Your Harvest: Consider sampling, selling, or donating the harvest. If you are an AISD school, consult AISD's Harvest Guide for guidelines. Download and submit AISD's Garden to Cafe Program Approval Form to serve the school garden harvest in the cafeteria, and download the Harvest Receipt Form to track your harvest.
- Network: Join the Central Texas School Garden Network listserv, an online forum, to receive and share information about grants, resources, and classes.
- See also: Life Lab, Junior Master Gardener, Edible Schoolyard