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School Gardens

School gardens are an meaningful way to provide experiential education about the environment, agriculture and nutrition. They can also tranform classroom curriculum into hands-on, interactive learning. Minneapolis Public Schools is home to over thirty school gardens, and that number grows every year! These gardens provide opportunities for students to be active participants in the local food system, grow their knowledge and skills, and build classroom community. 

CWS Training & Networking Events:

Healthy School Garden Models Training - May 21st 9am - 3pm @ Culinary & Wellness Services 

Join CWS on Saturday May 21st for an exciting look at what it takes to create and establish a healthy School Garden as we explore different school garden models in our district. This will be a fun packed training where CWS will also be giving away seedlings/seed packets as well as other “Garden Goodies” to share with your school. This training will be at the Culinary & Wellness Services Building and is a paid training opportunity for MPS staff! If you'd like to participate, RSVP here, if you plan to attend!

Indigenous Plants at MPS - June 7th 6-7pm @ Roosevelt High School

Join CWS as we learn about indigenous plants that can be found in common areas in Minneapolis as well as Minneapolis Public Schools! We will hear from MPS staff and view MPS Schools that are already growing and shedding light on the importance of medicinal plants and their many uses. If this paid networking event is of interest, RSVP here!

School Garden Updates for Spring 2022:

School Garden Census 2022

All school garden champs who are planning to work in a school garden in Spring of 2022 need to complete the School Garden Census 2022 form in order for Culinary & Wellness Services to stay up to date with the current status of your school garden. The Cenus should be complete before gardening activity occurs.

Fab 5 seed packet request

If your school is interested in growing the Fab 5 (Kohlrabi, Kale, Squash, Radish & Beans), please complete the Fab 5 seed request form to receive Fab 5 seeds for your school garden! More information about the Fab 5 can be found here! Any questions can be directed to the MPS School Gardener, Divine Islam, at Divine.Islam@mpls.k12.mn.us.  

School Garden Resources

Starting a school garden has endless benefits - from providing hands-on learning activities, to increasing food literacy, to growing fresh food for your lunchroom. Explore the resources, links, and guides below in order to learn about the steps to garden with your school.

 

MPS Garden Guide
This garden guide outlines the application process for establishing a MPS school garden. It includes garden planning tips, educational resources, garden safety, fundraising ideas, and ideas for increasing participation in school gardens.

Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards: A How to Manual for School Professionals
A comprehensive manual from the Minnesota Department of Health for starting and sustaining school gardens in Minnesota, including garden planning worksheets and classroom activity ideas. 

 

MN School Gardening: A Guide to Gardening and Plant Science
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom developed a comprehensive gardening guide with lesson plans that correspond to Minnesota state standards. 

 

Getting Started: A Guide for Starting School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
The Center for Ecoliteracy's guide for selecting a site, garden design, ideas for curriculum engagement, and strategies for building community support around school gardens. 

 

School Garden Checklist
A basic checklist from Let’s Move for getting your school garden started, with considerations ranging from soil health to garden design. 

 

School Garden Design Webinar
This webinar from LifeLab goes over smart design tips for your school garden, including strategies for how to keep your garden easy to manage while using it for a variety of classroom lessons.

 

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