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Sarah Estakhri Sarah Estakhri 1400 Points

When you work at a Title I school, who could help get a grant to build a classroom or community garden? Especially if your personal and school budget's are limited.

Pamela Dupre Pamela Dupre 92364 Points

I've had school gardens for years. The first place to look is your local Home Depot and Lowes or any other nurseries nearby. Contact the Kiwanas Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local garden clubs, a local university, high school students in need of community service hours. Create a plan with your students, ask parents for help. Reach out to the community. Have a vision of what it should look like and how it can grow. Set up a Google Alert for community garden grants or school grants. https://www.gardenabcs.com/grants.html There may be parents or grandparents with gardening skills and knowledge. Good luck to you.

Kelly Foreiter Kelly Foreiter 508 Points

Hello Sarah. I am a student and posting in the forums as a mandatory assignment... I have no knowledge of the answer you seek. However, I love the outdoors, and gardening is something I would love to do with my students. My question to you is have you made the specific plans of your idea so you can give (whoever it is) an estimate of costs? I would even go to suggest that in light of helping teach kids about being green, you could use many recycled materials (also reducing costs) If you have plans, would you mind sharing them? I am super interested and hope someone answers this question.

Hi Kelly and Sarah,

I live in Maine where almost every school has a school based garden project. Most of these project started out small and then built upon them as the years went by with some very much integrated into the school curriculum. The Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast ME has a long standing program http://www.schoolgardenproject.com/

That said, I would start small. Here is a nice article about 'Creating a Schoolyard Mini-Garden'
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc09_046_06_34

The article gives beginning suggestions and includes some funding sources

'The creation of schoolyard gardens is a growing movement in the United States and around the world (Ballard, Tong, and Usher 1998; Pope 1998; Lewis 2004). It brings together all of the features of authentic hands-on science: Students can collect data on plant growth, observe the plant and animal interactions in the garden, and acquire a sense of nature and environmental issues. Here the author shares how easy it can be to start a schoolyard garden, using an in-class germination project as a starting point. With just a tiny plot of land, they created a mini-garden that infused third-grade students with a sense of pride and accomplishment."

Let me know if this is useful information!

Arlene JL

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