School Gardens - Grow Our Own

  • Grow Our Own is a project 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. 

     

    Exciting new program!  

    Does your school garden grow produce?  Interested in having it served in the cafeteria?  We are piloting a new program called Garden To Cafeteria.  Contact kirsten.saylor@spps.org to learn how to get started for this fall! 

     

    Update your information about your school garden! 

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

     

    It takes a team!  

    Teachers, staff, parents and community members! Join the SPPS school garden email list to stay informed!  

     

    Have a school garden question?    

    Email kirsten.saylor@spps.org -- how to get started, how to run it, logistics & resources, safe food handling when serving food from the garden, etc.  

     

     

    OTHER RESOURCES

     

    Get a free First Aid Kit for 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.


    Need Seeds?  

    Email kirsten.saylor@spps.org.  We have a variety available.  

     

    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.

     

     
  • Grow Our Own is a collaboration between SPPS' Nutrition Services, Wellness, Facilities Departments and Youth Farm. 

    Youth Farm

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

     
    • Facilities has created a new Standards and Procedures for School Gardens!  Click here to view it, and learn how it is different from the original Community Garden S&P.
    • Interested in having your school garden's produce served in the cafeteria?  
      Interested in starting, expanding or revamping your school garden?  Let's get started with a site visit!  
      Contact Kirsten.Saylor@spps.org to get started with either!