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Garden Stories

Learn the story behind the garden! Find inspiration from these exceptional youth and school garden programs across the country.

Teen Sends 3 Sisters Seed Boxes Nationwide

Teen Sends 3 Sisters Seed Boxes Nationwide

California teen Alicia Serratos doesn’t shy away from a challenge. She’s a student athlete, an accomplished Girl Scout, an environmentalist and social activist – all at just fifteen years old. She’s been involved in volunteer projects from a young age, many of which...

From Wicking Tub to Potato Party

From Wicking Tub to Potato Party

When Hurricane Laura passed through Louisiana in 2020, it caused extensive damage to Rosepine Elementary. As they rebuilt, Enrichment Lab teacher Beth Thomas suggested building a STEM lab on campus. The lab had a perfect outdoor space for gardening, but Thomas had no...

Peace and Pride Garden

Peace and Pride Garden

At Baldwin Park High School in Baldwin Park, California, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) created the new Peace and Pride Garden, a safe space on campus for LGBTQ+ students, allies, and others. The goal of the garden space is to provide a quiet reflective area that is...

Biodiversity at Santiago High’s Cav Garden

Biodiversity at Santiago High’s Cav Garden

The Cav Garden, located at Santiago High School in Garden Grove, California, has an overarching goal of connecting students to food and nature so they become lifelong stewards of their health and the environment. The garden, which incorporates ecological practices...

An interview with author JaNay Brown-Wood

An interview with author JaNay Brown-Wood

KidsGardening recently chatted with JaNay Brown-Wood, an award-winning children’s author, poet, educator, and scholar on Instagram Live. She did a read aloud of her latest book, Miguel’s Community Garden, and shared her insights on how gardening with kids supports...

Back to the Roots’ Story of Synchronicity

Back to the Roots’ Story of Synchronicity

Nikhil and Alex's Roots From the very beginning, the story of Nikhil Arora and Alejandro “Alex” Velez, founders of Back to the Roots has been one of synchronicity. “Synchronicity” is a term first used by Psychologist Carl Jung to refer to deeply meaningful...

Logan’s Story: Using the garden to meet therapy goals

Logan’s Story: Using the garden to meet therapy goals

For the Buzzell family, gardening is healing. Jinah is the mother of Logan and Lyla who are known as “The Buzz Tots.” They spend many hours together in the garden  – their “jungle” – with bare feet in the soil, playing hide-and-seek, and giggling endlessly. Ever since...

Jasmine Jefferson — Black Girls with Gardens

Jasmine Jefferson — Black Girls with Gardens

Drops of water glistening on leaves; the earthy smell of soil; green, succulent foliage. Pink petals; bees buzzing; a sweet floral aroma wafting in the air. These sensations are what brings Jasmine Jefferson back to her childhood. Jasmine comes from a...

Colah Tawkin — Black in the Garden

Colah Tawkin — Black in the Garden

A friend of Colah compares her to a tree – grounded, growing, and thriving, despite an ever-changing environment. Like many gardeners, Colah Tawkin has learned many life lessons from plants, especially what they can teach us about resilience and adaptability. “Plants...

Inclusive Signage at Flatwoods Elementary

Inclusive Signage at Flatwoods Elementary

KidsGardening defines Inclusion as: belonging, voice, community, and safety. Having “Inclusive Signage” in the garden means incorporating these aspects in outdoor learning spaces through visual signs. Nicole Dugat, Executive Director of Schoolyard Roots, shares how...

An interview with author Grace Lin

An interview with author Grace Lin

On November 18, 2021 during an Instagram Live “Garden Story,” Lily Nguyen, Education Specialist at KidsGardening, interviewed Grace Lin about her experience gardening and growing up, and how her experiences shaped her work as a children’s book author. The following...

Urban Gardening In NYC with Wambui Ippolito

Urban Gardening In NYC with Wambui Ippolito

Wambui Ippolito’s favorite garden is her grandmother’s in East Africa. Her grandmother would return from the city after work and tend to her vegetables, where she and Wambui would bond amongst the flourishing beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.  “It made me feel very...

A Relaxing Garden in Puerto Rico

A Relaxing Garden in Puerto Rico

A Relaxing Garden in Puerto Rico Young Perla Sofía riding her tricycle. When asked about her favorite garden memory, Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago recalls wandering around the streets of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, peeking over her neighbors’ fences to see what they were...

Growing School Gardens: A Virtual Tour

Growing School Gardens: A Virtual Tour

Growing School Gardens: A Virtual Tour Picture your school garden — or any garden — in your head. What's your favorite fruit or vegetable to grow or eat? Arugula." says Tristana Pirkl, program manager of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network....

A Literary Garden

A Literary Garden

“It’s impossible to teach Walden and talk about Thoreau observing nature in a cinderblock classroom without windows,” says high school English teacher Jennifer Tianen. This belief is what inspired Jennifer to bring her students outside and to start a literary garden...

Advocating for Garden-Based Learning

Advocating for Garden-Based Learning

“Gardening covers a lot of bases when it comes to student needs” says Kris Johnson, “Academic needs, social needs, emotional needs. It’s not just ‘ok we’re going to learn about plants,’ it’s not just nuts and bolts—the physical environment of the garden can make kids...

Letting Kids Take the Lead

Letting Kids Take the Lead

Program Spotlights: The Caring Center “I can recall being in preschool and having an experience that had a big impression on me—it made me want to become a chef,” says Erica Lewis, Food Service Manager at the Caring Center in Philadelphia, PA. “When I was 4 years old...

Project Climate Club

Project Climate Club

Program Spotlights: Project Climate Club “I’ve always been a garden kid,” says Alexi Lindeman, a senior at Heritage High School in Brentwood, CA, and coordinator of a 2020 Carton 2 Garden project that received an Honorable Mention. “My dad’s an entomology teacher so...

Abenaki Food and Heritage

Abenaki Food and Heritage

Abenaki Food and Heritage Earlier this year The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation partnered with a number of Vermont-based food systems-focused organizations to start the Abenaki Land Link Project. In its pilot year, the program provided indigenous seeds to...

Oglala Lakota Youth Reclaiming Language

Oglala Lakota Youth Reclaiming Language

Oglala Lakota Youth The Red Cloud Indian School (Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa) in the Pine Ridge, SD is using their Farm to School program to provide opportunities for Oglala Lakota youth in grades K-12 to connect with their tribe’s traditional knowledge and culture. “We’re...

Program Spotlights – RM Miano Elementary

Program Spotlights – RM Miano Elementary

R.M. Miano Elementary If you are looking for an example of a successful and sustainable school garden program, 2019 Budding Botanist winner R.M Miano Elementary School in Los Banos, California is a great place to start. “Seventeen years ago, we began with a simple...

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