School District & Regional School Garden Programs

Education Outside School Garden Management Resources A unique collection of 50+ School Garden Management and Instructional resources – no need to reinvent the wheel! These resources were made available as Education Outside program closed and transitioned to serve different garden-based Americorps programs. These resources draw from many years of operating a successful garden-based science program in San Francisco and San Mateo County schools. They include everything from curriculum and garden educator training overviews to Top 10 garden infrastructure recommendations. Also included are resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Education Outside hopes you will use and/or share these resources widely.

Berkeley Public Schools Garden and Cooking Program A longstanding district-run program that works to support academic, physical, emotional, and health development of pre-school through high school students. Visit their site to view their district wide curriculum, annual reports and recent news.

University of Arizona Community & School Garden Program Connects students in Tucson Unified School District with their local food system and garden-based STEM learning labs. Visit their well developed site to view their program initiative, partners, curriculum, literature guides, and much more! 

Palm Beach County School District School Garden Manual A 127 page comprehensive guide of planning, installing and managing a school garden within a large school district. The guide references the various district departments that support or influence school garden programming including: Building Code Services, Environmental Conservation Services, Grant & Resource Development, Facility Services, Purchasing, Risk Management, Safety/Health Services, School Food Service.

Office of the State Superintendent of Education School Garden Program While not technically a school district, the District of Columbia, has a well developed school garden program website and associated resources including evaluation tools, DC school grant program, and technical support/training resources.

San Diego Unified Garden to Cafe Is a program that certifies school garden harvests to be incorporated in school meals.


Examples of Contracts and MOU’s used to solidify formal relationships with schools and/or districts.


Regional School Garden Support Programs Shared at our Regional School Garden Support Model Webinar

Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit   Developed by Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation, the toolkit helps school district food serve bring garden produce in to the lunch line.
View more protocols and resources that school districts use to support garden to cafeteria.