Garden Stories

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

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...

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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