FoodCorps places motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, FoodCorps implements a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Their Service Members deliver hands-on nutrition education, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. You can apply to have your school become a FoodCorps service site. Click here to learn more about Annie's partnership with FoodCorps.
Learn more at www.foodcorps.org.
School Garden Wizard
School Garden Wizard was created for America’s K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden. Their website sets up a step-by-step guide to thinking through your school garden program, creating proposals, getting funds & supplies, creating the garden, providing learning opportunities in the garden, and sustaining the garden over the years.
Learn more at www.schoolgardenwizard.org.
Farm to School Network
Farm to School is a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Their programs provide experiential learning opportunities in all 50 states through school gardens, farm tours, farmer in the classroom sessions, chefs in the classroom, culinary education, educational sessions for parents and community members and visits to farmers’ markets.
Learn more at www.farmtoschool.org.
The Edible Schoolyard
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard is to build and share an edible education curriculum in schools. They work to inspire gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for academic subjects that teach students how their choices about food affect their health, their community, and the environment. At www.edibleschoolyard.org, members of the growing edible education movement can share curricula, best practices, and other resources with fellow educators and allies around the world.
The Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula. The Center’s website offers hundreds of downloadable resource materials, including practical guides, essays by leading writers and experts, and inspiring stories of school communities and organizations across the country that are engaged in these vital efforts. Annie's worked with the Center for Ecoliteracy to develop the Five School Garden Types handbook, which you can download here.
Learn more at www.ecoliteracy.org.
The National Gardening Association
The NGA promotes home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NGA developed GrowLab®: Activities for Growing Minds, a K-8 inquiry-based curriculum that uses plants and gardens as educational tools to help students learn about science and the environment. Their website offers a wealth of resources, including a grant database, teacher professional education, curricular, how-to projects, and extensive school gardening guides.
Learn more at www.kidsgardening.org.