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School Garden Support & Training

SFC's Grow Local helps teachers, parents, and community members in the Austin area start, use, and sustain successful school gardens by offering trainings, resources, educational materials, and consultation. School gardens can serve as an outdoor classroom for multiple subjects and connect students to the food system.

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.

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Trainings and Resources

  • Garden Leadership Training. Offered twice a year in the fall and spring, this two-part training equips school staff, parents, and community members to plan, start, and sustain a school or community garden. CE credit available through AISD for teachers. (see SFC’s Classes page)
  • Download our School Garden Planning Worksheet (PDF) at the bottom of this page to help you and your team create a plan for your garden.

Support

  • Free Resources: Enroll your school garden in the Spread the Harvest program and receive free seeds, transplants, compost, and fertilizer.
  • 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.
  • Funding: Download the Funding Opportunities PDF on our Grow Local page and apply for a grant. We can review drafts of 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.

Contact

Sari Albornoz, Grow Local Program Director

p: 512-220-1087

sari@sustainablefoodcenter.org