Our mission with the Schoolyard Nature
Network is to establish a foundation of financial, in-kind and training
resources to sustain school garden programs.
The menu on the left is
incomplete. As we find time from running our own school garden
program, we are working on getting the process down in writing to share
with other school garden developers. Our goal is not to promote
school gardens, that is happening without our help. Our goal is
not even to tell you how to start a school garden. It's easy to
start a school garden.
The challenge is to
launch a school garden program that will survive past
the first or second year.
goal of the Schoolyard Nature Network is
to strengthen the school garden movement,
not by duplicating Granny's Garden School, but
by serving as a guide for others to learn from our experience.
We focus on the practical
everyday fundamentals of creating and maintaining the physical site,
integrating educational standards, and securing funding and supplies.
important long-term goal is to work with the "Garden Industry" and
others to develop a funding stream to provide funding to pay class
garden coordinators - as that is the key to getting teacher involvement
and sustaining a garden program.
Garden School's staff has a unique
acquired during our ten years of working with
more than 1,650 students each week in a public school environment.
standards based lesson guides and garden/classroom
schedule delivered by our staff of class garden coordinators
are the key to our success with having the program
incorporated into the school day.