School Gardens - Grow Our Own

  • SPRING UPDATE (Feb-March) 
    Spring is coming! Let's be ready for it! 
    PROGRAM UPDATE (April-May) 
    • Schedule a time to share your plan for your garden or greenhouse.  
    • 30-60 minutes with School Garden Specialist
    • Email by May 10
    • Seeds available in April
    • Plants available after May 13
    • Interested in a school garden or need to update existing garden?  
    • Apply for assistance from Nutrition Services! 
    • Qualifying schools receive funding and support for planning, design, and installation.




    Get a free First Aid Kit for class garden visits

    Facilities provides first aid kits for free for Discovery Clubs and Gardens.  Fill out the request form -- Personal Protective Equipment - DISCOVERY CLUB & GARDENS. For non-SPPS staff, please ask a staff person on the garden committee or the principal to make the request for you.


    Growing Fruit?  

    Check out FruitEdge, a website maintained by UMN Horticultural Department to provide timely information and share ongoing research about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for fruit.  


    Season Extension  

    There are a number of ways to extend the length of the growing season into the school year using different techniques and mechanisms to start early and end later.  Check out UMN Extension’s webpage for a quick primer.


    MN School Garden Website

    In partnership with other organizations and school garden supporters, we have started to pull together a school garden website for Minnesota, featuring MN-specific resources and vetted for our climate.  Check it out at and share resources with others!  Let’s keep it growing! 


    Project Anywhere Farm 

    Grow your own wherever you are!  This project is based on the storybook "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root.  Check the project's website for tips, hacks, and activities for your family, not to mention videos that include Read Outloud of the book and an interview with the author. 



  • Grow Our Own is a program that aims to increase the opportunities for food and agricultural education for all students within the District by connecting school gardens, the cafeteria, and the classroom.  We are doing this through clarifying policies, providing networking and learning opportunities, and identifying resources for schools for successful Food Gardens. 

    This project supports Nutrition Services mission:"To eliminate hunger and provide every child with HOPE (Healthy Options, Positive Engagement) through exceptional food"

  • Update information about your school garden! 

    Got a garden? Fill out Garden Inventory Form to join the growing census of gardens, and to update contact information or partnership informatoin.  This information is critical so that we can effectively reach your school with opportunities and updates in a timely manner.


    School Garden Standards and Procedures

    Facilities has created a new Standards and Procedures for School Gardens!  Interested in starting, expanding or revamping your school garden? Need resources?  Contact to get started!


    Have a school garden question?    

    Email -- how to get started, how to run it, logistics & resources, safe food handling, Garden to Cafeteria Program, etc.  

    The Grow Our Own school garden program is supported by The Cargill Foundation, the USDA's Office of Community Food Systems- Farm to School Program, Allina Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, through Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health.