Granny's Garden School develops and
manages sustainable garden and
nature based programs on elementary
Students at the schools
in our program embark on a four-year adventure
when they enter the first grade.
Each lesson brings a new hands-on
learning experience that enhances
their understanding of science,
math, social studies and the natural
academics, children develop
practical skills and are introduced
to healthy foods that may impact
them throughout their lives.
from each school's vegetable gardens
provides snacks for students, is
served in the cafeteria and the
surplus goes to feed the hungry
through local food banks and soup
Students taste what they grow and,
many discover they like carrots,
cucumbers, tomatoes, beets and even
onions as they snack on them fresh
from the gardens and roasted in the
school cafeteria. Parents report
their children are requesting vegetables they tasted at school
and that they take pride in donating
their surplus harvest to food
pantries. Teachers report that
students have a greater
understanding of life science
because of their experiences.
Granny's Garden School uses whatever is at hand
to turn school grounds into outdoor
learning centers and science labs. These
are the tools we use to provide students
the opportunity to learn
from real world experience as they
interact with the natural world - as
part of the school day.
Granny's Garden School
handles the overall
development and year around
management of the physical gardens
and nature trail for the schools in
We design, create and
maintain flower and vegetable
gardens and, wherever possible,
a nature trail.
We secure resources for in-kind
donations of material i.e. wood
chips, compost and other
supplies to reduce the overall
cost of developing the projects.
We depend on our
small team of gardeners who are
experienced with caring for
educational gardens and working
with large groups to lead high
students and corporate groups and
other volunteers who provide
the labor for
building and maintaining our
educational tools we create.
Granny's Garden School makes it
as easy as possible for teachers
to participate in our program.
We only work with teachers who
volunteer to participate;
it will not work if they do not
see the value in investing
classroom time in our program.
Each teacher is assigned
to one of
our trained Garden
Educators who comes equipped with
our standards aligned, nature
based lesson plans.
Garden Educator recruits and
organizes volunteers, pulls
together materials and tools,
uses our lesson plans to guide the class through each
activity (with the classroom
teacher assisting) and cleans up
We developed a
seasonal calendar (spring,
fall) of activities/lessons
that align with the curriculum
and the curriculum map and
takes into consideration the
limitations of our zone 6
lesson plans for each activity for each grade.
manage the schedule of who is out when/where and
ensuring each class will have the space, tools and other
supplies they need for that week's lesson.
In 2015 we
will expand to include more summer
and after school programs including
summer programs for children and their families
that involves them in the
physical aspects of creating and
maintaining the gardens.
GGS website is accessed by garden
educators across the country. Many
have come to Loveland to learn in
person about the program so that
they, too, can impact even more
Loveland Primary, Elementary and
Early Learning Schools (program
established 2002, we developed more
than 110 vegetable gardens, many
flower gardens and a ¾ mile nature
trail that serves more than 1,400 students.
This is one of the largest and most
comprehensive school garden programs
in the country.
At Stewart Elementary, in the Princeton School District (program
established 2014), we currently have
two small flower gardens, 24
vegetable gardens and a nature trail
that serves about 300 students.