Organizations Supporting School Gardens

These organizations provide grant programs, workshops, other educational opportunities, networking, and additional support for school gardens.

Georgia-Based Organizations

Your local Cooperative Extension Office

  • Is staffed with a UGA Extension agent to answer your questions
  • Is the place to go for soil testing
  • Often conducts horticulture or food safety classes

Master Gardeners of Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture


Athens-Clarke County School Garden Resources

  • Exemplary model of a community school garden network here in Georgia
  • Resources: lesson plans, garden advice, planting charts
  • Subscribe to the Garden to Desk monthly newsletter

Georgia Organics: For Schools

  • Curriculum, field trip ideas, resources for cooking with kids, list of ag-related books (see "Farm to School in the Classroom")
  • Starting and sustaining a garden, planting and harvesting in Georgia, connecting garden and classroom, and using garden produce (see "Edible School Gardens")
  • Food safety info, food prep ideas, and strategies to promote healthy eating among students (see "Farm to School in the Cafeteria")
  • Grant opportunities (see "Funding and Research")
  • Grow Radish Grow: sign up early and GA Organics will send you radish seeds and activities for your school garden in October
  • Subscribe to eBite, the Georgia Farm to School monthly newsletter, for upcoming grant opportunities, school garden tips, and more
  • Houses Georgia Farm to School program and FoodCorps Georgia

The Greenhouse Foundation

  • Ecologically minded lessons, activities, and games - some garden-related
  • Apply to be a Greenhouse partner school

FoodCorps Georgia

  • Like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date with school gardens in Georgia and for new ideas to spice up your program


National/ International Organizations

American Community Garden Association

  • Become a member ($65) for access to grant opportunities, discounts on garden supplies, free seeds, online training, discounted conferences, etc.

American Horticultural Society's National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

  • Annual meeting of teachers, leaders, and advocates for school and community gardens, featuring workshops, lectures, and field trips

Captain Planet Foundation©

  • Learning garden curriculum
  • Other classroom resources: planting guides, recipes, cooking demos, newsletters
  • Teacher resources: funding, freebies, model programs, leadership opportunities
  • Grants: small ($500-2500) and special (for STEM application)
  • Videos - Project Learning Garden
  • Conferences and workshops

Edible Schoolyard Project

  • Resources search bar (by grade level, subject, and season): lessons, recipes, fundraising, research, evaluation, etc.
  • Frequent conferences, workshops, webinars
  • ESY Berkeley for middle school
  • ESY Academy -- educator training for teachers, administrators and advocates
  • Join the network -- many Georgia programs are already registered

Growing Power©

  • Conference and workshops
  • (Awesome educational and outreach programs, but based in WI/IL area)©

  • Grants
  • Lesson plans, curriculum, family gardening activities to send home, technical/educational assistance

National Farm to School Network

  • Resources search bar: school gardens, nutrition education, cooking in schools, networking, conferences, curriculum, research and evaluation, etc.

Nationwide Mortgages

  • A good source with many links about vegetable, flower, and child-based gardens.

Slow Food USA's National School Garden Program

  • RESOURCES: food safety guides, gardening 101, garden library, garden signage, cooking classes, communication, evaluation, teacher training, volunteer resources, and PowerPoint presentations
  • List your program as a Slow Food garden for additional resource access! (Currently no Slow Food school gardens in Georgia, but there are local chapters of Slow Food in Atlanta, Greater Athens, and Savannah)
  • Slow Food USA School Garden Manual (PDF)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Program

  • Grant opportunities for planning, implementation, support services, and conferences/events