School Garden Resources:
Here are resources for garden planning, including information on size, location, raised beds, plants to include in an edible garden, tools, sheds, and fencing.
University of Georgia Publications
These university publications were written specifically for school and community gardens.
- Garden Fencing
- Garden Sheds
- Raised Beds vs. In-Ground Gardens
- Raised Garden Bed Dimensions
- School Gardens: Planning an Edible Garden
- Siting a Garden
- Steps in Starting a School Garden
- Stocking the Toolshed: Hand Tools
Although organizations providing these resources are based in different parts of the country, the information is widely adaptable to most regions of the U.S.
- Back-to-School (Gardens) Shopping List
- Community Garden Guide - Vegetable Garden Planning and Development (pdf)
This guide includes amounts of vegetables to plant based on estimated use per person, from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
- Food Safety and School Gardens (pdf)
- Got Dirt? - Community Garden Resources
A getting started guide from the school garden program in Brown County, Wisconsin (UW-Extension).
- Guide to Gardening at Home
- Outdoor Learning Guide
Information to help plan the implementation of school gardens and other outdoor learning areas, produced by the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.
- School Garden Wizard
Information on starting a school garden, from an initial proposal to long-term sustainability.
- University of Florida's School Garden Getting Started Guide
- USDA’s Farm to School Program
The program is an effort to connect schools with local or regional producers to serve local or regionally produced foods in school cafeterias. This program also provides resources to support school gardens.