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School Gardens

Did you know that MPS has over 30 school gardens in our district?

School gardens are a fantastic way to bring more hands-on learning to Minneapolis schools! The gardens serve as a fun and exciting place to bring what kids are learning in their classrooms and translate it into tangible experiences. The gardens also provide schools with a great resource for teaching agriculture and nutrition education.

No two gardens are the same! Schools are able to tailor their gardens to meet the needs of their students, staff, and community. Are you interested in learning more about MPS school gardens? Send us an email.

Spring Webinar for School Gardens 

April 16, 2020

Resilience Gardening at Home: 
w to Prepare for the Garden Season amid COVID-19

As we all adapt to new living and working conditions, you may be wondering: how will my school garden be affected by COVID-19? What we know for sure is that folks still need to eat, and that gardens will still need to be planted! During this webinar Spark-Y will show you how to prepare at home for the upcoming garden season, share a few activities that youth can do from home, offer guidance on how to manage school gardens amid COVID-19, and give some tips and tricks for raised bed and container gardening that anyone can try!

Whether you are a school garden champion or you are simply interested in learning more about school gardens, please join us! This webinar is FREE and open to all. Please Email Caitlin Barnhart to RSVP:

Topics Covered:

  • Best practices for container gardening/raised garden beds
  • What can educators be doing from home right now to prepare school gardens? 
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 guidance around gardening & school/community gardens
  • Activities that garden champions can share with families to do at home


Garden to Cafeteria Program:  2019 - 2020 School Year

Through our Garden to Cafeteria Program, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services will buy produce from a school garden and serve it in the school's lunchroom! We are excited to be partnering with ten MPS schools for our 2019-2020 Garden to Cafeteria Program: Anthony Middle, Anwatin Middle, Edison High, Howe Elementary, Lyndale Elementary, Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary, Northeast Middle, Roosevelt High, and South High.  


Loring Lyndale Dowling Anwatin Nellie Stone Johnson