Garden Education Program

School Gardens: Hands-On Science Education

GrowingGreat’s K-5 Garden Program actively involves students in the process of planting, tending, harvesting, eating, and selling their own organic produce, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education goals that link to classroom curriculum. GrowingGreat parent volunteers (our docents) access all lessons, tutorial videos, activities, and resources through GrowingGreat’s Online Education Portal.

GrowingGreat Garden Education Includes:

  • 2 Lessons per grade per year (lessons align with grade level curriculum)
  • Harvesting and Harvest Party Guidelines
  • Farmers Market Program
  • Water Conservation Lessons
  • Garden Activity Sheets
  • “Harvest Of The Month” Fun Facts
  • Garden Resources and Start-Up Guidelines
  • Fall and Spring Seed List

Fall Garden Themes:

  • Tops and Bottoms Salad Garden
  • Plant Parts Salad Garden
  • Vegetable Cousins Salad Garden
  • Endangered Species Heirloom Garden
  • California Agriculture Vegetable Garden (introducing MyPlate to the lesson)
  • Mars Colony Vegetable Garden

Spring Garden Themes:

  • Sunflower House Garden
  • Pumpkin Garden
  • Pollinator Garden
  • The “Three Sisters” Garden
  • California Rancho Garden
  • American Revolutionary War Garden

GrowingGreat’s experiential school garden program for grades K-5 provides sequential, standards-based curricula, teaching that: 1) Plants, animals and people all need food and water to grow. 2) Fruits and vegetables are grown in gardens.  You can grow them yourself and eat what you grow. 3) You feel better when you eat a variety of colorful, whole foods that are close to their original source. 4) You can find healthy, local, seasonal, and organic foods in a store or farmers market near you.


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