Selecting a site, designing your beds, and choosing plants are all important. Find resources to aid you in planning your growing space.
Because gardens can serve your school community in many ways, it’s important to maintain focus as you plan your garden. Identifying key goals will help you make the best use of available resources, guide decisions around the type of garden you grow, influence how students engage in the garden, and affect who cares for the garden. Over time, your garden may expand to serve many purposes. However, as you get started, it is helpful to focus on one or two key goals for the space, such as:
- To provide agriculture education to young adults
- To teach good nutrition and encourage healthy habits
- To provide a space for service learning or after school activities
The following resources will help you identify the goals and format of your program: