Gardens for Learning
California School Garden Network
The California School Garden Network is a 501c(3) organization whose members represent a variety of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations, all dedicated tothe mission of creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network servesas a central organization to distribute school garden resources and support throughout the state. For more information about theNetwork and its resources for educators, visit
California School Garden Network Board of Directors
Tim Alderson, Agrigator, Inc.,
Jasper Hempel, Western Growers,
Paula Olson, Western Growers,
California School Garden Network Book Committee
Chairman, California School Garden Network
Deputy Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Executive Director, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Garden Classroom Program Director, Life Lab Science Program/UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Assistant Director of Policy and Communication, California Farm Bureau Federation
Program Coordinator, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Policy Analyst, California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Women for Agriculture, State Ag Ed Director
Director of Programs, California Fertilizer Foundation
Marketing Director, Western Growers
Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
Development Specialist, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, California Department of Health Services
This material was developed with partial funding support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Stamp Program. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer,helping limited-income Californians buy more nutritious foods for a healthier diet. Formore information about Food Stamps, please call 1-877-847-3663.Partial funding for this publication has come from the California Department of Food andAgriculture Division of Fairs and Expositions to promote agricultural education in California.
This book incorporates text and ideas from the following National Gardening Association publications:
10 Terrific Vegetables and Everything You Need to Grow Them.
Barbara Richardson, Amy Gifford, Charlie Nardozzi, and Eve Pranis. 2002;
: A Complete Guide to Gardening in the Classroom.
Eve Pranis and Jack Hale. 1988;
Growing Ventures: Starting a School Garden Business.
Eve Pranis and Amy Gifford. 2003;
Schoolyard Mosaics: Designing Gardens and Habitats.
Eve Pranis and Amy Gifford. 2002;
Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Start and Sustain a Kids’ Gardening Project in Your Community.
Marcia Eames-Sheavly. 1999;
Steps to a Bountiful Kids’ Garden.
Amy Gifford. 2001. National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403; (802) 863-5251;
.Editor: Sarah Pounders,
National Gardening Association
Copyeditor/Proofreader: Victoria BeliveauDesign: Alison Watt,
National Gardening Association
The photographs and illustrations in this book were made available through the generosity of individuals and organizationsthroughout California as noted. In addition:
Cover: Debbie DelatourTitle Page: Alicia Dickerson/Life LabPage 4, clockwise from top right: Western Growers Charitable Foundation, Jim Morris/California Farm Bureau Federation, Alicia Dickerson/Life Lab, Alicia Dickerson/Life LabPage 5, clockwise from top left: Duncan McIntosh/Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alicia Dickerson/Life Lab, Western Growers Charitable Foundation, DebbieDelatour, Jim Morris/California Farm Bureau Federation
Copyright ©2006 by the California School Garden Network, 17620 Fitch Street, Irvine, CA 92614.
. All rights reservedLibrary of Congress Control Number: 2006932814ISBN-13: 978-0-9788693-0-4ISBN-10: 0-9788693-0-3Printed in Canada.