Grab a coffee and dig into some reading about how to implement food education in your school or organization.

Curriculum and Program Resources

Grow to Learn NYC has a ton of online resources: downloadable toolkits, teaching materials, curricula, fundraising guides, and more.

Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California has an online database of shared lesson plans, curricula, recipes, resources for managing volunteers, and more.

The Kitchen Community offers a list of educational and garden resources, including children’s literature, documentaries, gardening how-to books, and curricula.

Life Lab is a California-based nonprofit that offers curricula and school garden resources.

Young Chefs is a hands-on cooking education program that offers online lesson plans and teaching resources.

Resources for School Gardeners

GreenThumb provides material and technical support to school and community gardens across New York City. Through workshop attendance, registered GreenThumb and Grow to Learn gardens are eligible to request free soil, compost, mulch, lumber and other supplies.

The National Gardening Association offers in-depth how-to guides, classroom projects, and lesson plans for garden classes.

Useful links:
Cornell University’s NYC planting calendar

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Use a Cold Frame to Grow Vegetables in the Winter

School garden guide: Center for Ecoliteracy, Getting Started with School Gardens

Email group: NYC Youth and School Gardens

Essential bibliography:

Bartholomew, Mel, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! Franklin, Tennessee: Cool Springs Press, 1981, revised/expanded 2nd edition, 2006.

Cohen, Whitney and John Fisher, The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2012.

Coleman, Eliot, Four Season Harvest. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green, 1992, revised/expanded 2nd edition, 1999.

Kiefer, Joseph and Martin Kemple, Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools & Communities. Montpelier, Vermont: Common Roots Press, 1998.

Lovejoy, Sharon, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children. New York: Workman Publishing, 1999.

Obama, Michelle, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York, New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Ocone, Lynn with Eve Pranis, The National Gardening Association Guide to Kids’ Gardening. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990.

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