School garden support: success stories and lessons learned

T. Badurek

Abstract


School garden (Fig. 1) popularity is increasing every day in Pinellas County. Our objective was to increase Extension education in at least ten school gardens in Pinellas County in 2013, while also increasing the quality of those gardens and their learning opportunities. First, we identified one of our horticultural staff who could assist this agent with providing information and guidance to new and expanding school gardens. Next, we reached out to every public school in the county through email to offer our services. This agent and staff provided site visits, emails, fact sheets, grant funding information, links to the Farm to School program for school gardens, curriculum material information, and a one day school garden summer camp for teachers. The results have been successful; we have aided in the establishment, expansion, or rejuvenation of eleven school gardens.


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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283