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Growing the Future by Teaching Children in the Gardens   

Granny's Garden School is a non-profit organization that develops and manages garden and nature based programs on elementary school grounds.

Our flag ship program serves all of the first through fourth grade students (~1,500) in the public school district in Loveland, OH. It includes more than 110 vegetable gardens, many flower gardens and a mile nature trail.  This is one of the largest and most comprehensive school garden programs in the country.

Granny's Garden School uses thirteen years of hands-on school garden experience to provide elementary schools with a complete package of school garden development and management services that include:  

  • Development and year around management of educational food and flower gardens and nature trails on school's grounds.

  • Trained professional Garden Educators to prepare and teach lessons with classroom teacher assistance.

  • A seasonal calendar (spring, fall) of activities/lessons that align with state standards, each school’s curriculum and curriculum map and considers the limitations of our zone 6 climate.

  • Recruiting volunteers and managing the schedule so each class has the space and supplies needed for that week's lesson.

  • Staff experienced with managing educational gardens and large groups of volunteers (high school/college, corporate groups), who provide the labor.

  • Involving the whole community through special events and sharing flowers and vegetables.

Students embark on a four-year adventure when they enter the first grade. 

  • Each hands-on lesson enhances their understanding of science, math, social studies they are learning in the classroom.

  • Along with academics, they learn practical skills, develop a taste for vegetables and gain knowledge and appreciation for the natural world. 

  • When students return to the same garden or woods week after week, they become connected - they observe changes and care what happens to it.

  • Garden produce provides snacks, is served in the cafeteria and the surplus donated to local food banks.

The Granny's Garden School website is accessed by garden educators across the country. Many come to Loveland to learn about our program.

In 2014 Granny's Garden School expanded our services to include Stewart Elementary School in the Princeton School District.

We currently manage more than 150, 3’x10’ vegetable gardens, many flower gardens and three nature trails in the Loveland and Princeton City School districts.  We work with 70 classes (nearly 2,000 students) each week (March-June and August-November). 

In 2015 we plan to include more summer and after school programs i.e. Healthy Living summer programs for children and their families open to typically able as well as special needs children.
 
It always seems impossible, until it’s done.  - Nelson Mandela.
Granny’s Garden School is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002. We are not funded by the school districts we serve.

 

 

 
Celebrating our 13th year of Growing the Future by Teaching Children in the Garden
 

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson

 
Continued appreciation to our original website sponsor Ellie Kowalchik of Keller Williams Pinnacle Group Real Estate