Farm 2 Table Book Can Inspire School Garden Activities

Inspiring children to eat more fruits and vegetables can be challenging. But when animated characters Isabel, Mateo and Bluebird talk with children about eating more produce grown in or near their community in a new activity booklet, A Farm 2 Table Adventure, youngsters listen.

School Gardens Supply Students With More Than Fruits and Vegetables


Did you know that melons were first cultivated in Persia and northern Africa nearly 4,000 years ago, and later by ancient Greeks and Romans? Or that collard greens were also grown by ancient Greeks and Romans and are the oldest leafy green within the cabbage family? Or that carrots were originally a purplish color and cultivated in Central Asia, near Afghanistan, several thousand years ago?                 

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Greater Bay Area School Garden Regional Network Regional Meeting Notes 1/23/2012

See attached meeting notes in the "Related Documents" box in the upper right corner.

Next meeting of this gathering of school garden support professionals is June 18th, 2012, at the Blake Garden in Berkeley.

Sign up to be on the GBARN meeting e-list.




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Edible Education

Do you teach kids about where their food comes from? Are you searching for resources to make the garden to table connection?

If so, the new Edible Schoolyard website, at, is a site you will want to visit.

Their new site connects edible educators and programs across the nation. Their resource library is continually growing, and their weekly updates are pleasant and concise.

Click on over and get connected.

School Gardens Funded for 100 California Preschools, Child Care Centers

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2012)—Funded by the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Western Growers Foundation is working with the California Department of Education to award $1,000 each to 100 preschools and child care centers across the state to create an edible garden.

The Living Classroom - A District Wide Model

The Living Classroom School Garden Program is a project of the Los Altos School District.

The project's mission is: To provide students with enriching and stimulating hands-on instruction directly supporting efforts of the classroom teacher and correlating with the existing curriculum as well as State Standards.

They effectively use docents to teach 50 different lessons to K-7 students. Learn more and see their lesson matrices at the Living Classroom Website.

Middle School Best Practices

"In depth documentation of exemplary middle school garden programs from across California. Includes lesson plans, tips and more."

Huntington Garden Online Lessons: Garden Lesson Plans

30 plus garden related lessons

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Monte Vista special needs students learn joy of gardening

A special needs class at Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo is experiencing the joys of gardening.

A class of 12 autistic students in sixth through eighth grade is learning about planting, growing and harvesting a variety of vegetables under the tutelage of Dianne Polen, the school's Life Lab and campus beautification coordinator.