When our schools want gardens and to learn how to grow,
There is plenty of information for you to know.
Seedlings, materials and grant money too,
As the school garden liaison, I’m here to guide you.
Our garden guide, our newsletter and this webpage too,
Are the school garden tools now available for you.
Use the garden as a classroom and to be with nature,
A perfect environment for teaching binomial nomenclature!
Check it all out, dig in and grow,
Click away, there’s so much to know.
School District of Palm Beach County Garden Stats - Summer 2017
|123 Schools with Gardens|
|106 Growing Vegetables|
|34 Growing Fruit|
|57 Growing Herbs|
|76 Butterfly Gardens|
Find your LOVE for gardens! School gardens help students create new practices in the area of
Nutrition, Fitness, Exercise, and Emotional Well-Being!
- Establish a garden team at your school to share the excitement and the responsibilities
- Create partnerships with parents and with the businesses in your community.
- Ask for help when you need it! Parents and the community partnerships are excellent resources to reach out to for garden support:
- Maintenance Support
Interested in learning what time of year and which varieties of fruits and veggies grow best in South Florida? Check out this planting and harvesting guide provided by UF/IFAS by clicking the image below.
Use the Garden as an Outdoor Classroom!
Learning in this space is especially fruitful because it engages all of our senses. The visual beauty and serenity, the sounds of the birds and creatures that visit the garden, the textures under our feet, the scents and fragrances from the flowers and the fruits and the veggies that we can taste come together to create a beautiful learning environment. Studies indicate that students learn more effectively and have higher levels of retention when more of their senses are engaged. So, why not bring learning into the garden? Here are some ways to create meaningful lessons in a new and fun environment for students while contributing their academic agility.
Using the lessons provided by the Fresh from Florida's Harvest of the Month Program, teachers have the opportunity to bring gardening into the classroom. Introducing a variety of math, science, social studies and language arts lessons, students learn about the nutritional benefits of a featured fruit or vegetable each month. Teachers can sign up to receive packets for their students each month which contain puzzles, lessons, recipes and information about the highlighted item. Take a look to see if this is an opportunity that you'd like to incorporate into your classroom. Please share with other teachers at your school too!
Please note: It used to be that if you participated in the program last year, you were automatically registered for the next year. This is no longer true! You must re-register each year. To ensure your participation for the 2017-2018 school year, you must register by June 30, 2017!
For more ideas to create academic lessons in the garden, check out these resources from the Florida Department of Agriculture:
While gardening is so much fun and is an exhilarating activity with many benefits, it's very important to be mindful of safety practices while we are in the garden.
We all know that as tomato plants grow taller, they require vertical supports. Cages, fiberglass or wooden stakes, and metal conduits are available and often used to support tomato plants.To avoid injuries to the face, neck and hands, please consider the following:
- Tomato stakes should be between three and four feet tall.
- Smooth and round out edges on all variations of stakes and/or support implements.
- Poke holes in old tennis balls and place them on top of all tomato stakes in the garden.
Jeannine Rizzo, MPS