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. 

     

    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

     

    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"

     

    District Information

    Facilities' Garden Policies

    Garden Grants