Resources

GARDENING RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY, HOME AND SCHOOL GARDENS


 Starting a Vegetable Garden

 

Whether this is your first attempt at gardening or your fifth, it’s always helpful to have guidance from the experts. Tips to help you start a vegetable garden: includes planting guides, how to build a raised bed, step-by-step guides to planting a vegetable garden and suggested plant varieties for certain climates. Dig in and have fun!

Your Edible Garden: Sunset Magazine

This resource offers a beginner’s guide, lists cool and warm season crops, garden design tips, suggestions from other gardeners and other information to start growing your own fruits and vegetables.

http://www.sunset.com/garden/fruits-veggies/how-to-grow-vegetables-00400000063102/


Your First Vegetable Garden – The Garden of OZ

http://www.thegardenofoz.org/firstvegetablegarden.asp

 

How to build a raised garden bed: Sunset Magazine

A step-by-step guide showing how to build a raised bed. Includes a photo of each step.

http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/page9.html

 

How to Start a Vegetable Garden: The Weekend Gardener

http://www.weekendgardener.net/vegetable-gardening-tips/starting-garden-050705.htm

 

Getting Started with Home Grown Food

http://igrowsonoma.org/getting-started-with-home-grown-food

 

When, and where to plant vegetables in your garden – Renee’s Garden (specific to regions with Long Summers and Mild Winters)

http://www.reneesgarden.com/hm-gardnr/resource/long-season-garden.pdf

 

Starting Your First Vegetable Garden

http://www.gardenguides.com/599-starting-first-vegetable-garden.html

 

Warm and Cool Season Crop Charts (when to plant what): Santa Clara County Master Gardeners

http://www.mastergardeners.org/warm-cool-veg-charts

 

Food Gardening Guide: National Gardening Association

http://www.garden.org/foodguide/browse

 

Information on Organic Gardening: UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agro ecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Crop-specific information and general gardening information.

http://casfs.ucsc.edu/publications/gardenideas/index.html

 

 

 School Gardens


How to Start a School Garden

 

You have an empty piece of prime real estate at your school that is perfect for a school garden, but are overwhelmed by the idea of starting a garden and do not know where to begin. Below are guides and step-by-step resources to help you start a successful school garden program involving students, teachers and administration.

 

Crop Circles: California Regions for Optimal Planting - California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

http://www.cfaitc.org/cropcircles/pdf/CROPcircles_Region3.pdf

 

Getting Started, A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms: Center for Ecoliteracy

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/getting-started

 

Starting School Gardens FAQ: California School Garden Network

http://www.csgn.org/page.php?id=120

           

Resources for Planting and Maintaining a School Garden: Life Lab

http://www.lifelab.org/garden_tips.php

 

Let’s Get Growing: Gardening How To – California School Garden Network

A summary of the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Training Model and simple advice for starting a school garden project.

http://www.csgn.org/csysgvideo.php

 

School Garden Wizard: Chicago Botanical Garden

http://www.schoolgardenwizard.org/

 

School Gardens Materials and Resource Guide – Monterey County Farm to School Partnership

http://www.csgn.org/images/pdf/garden_budget.pdf

           

Gardens for Learning: California School Garden Network

How to start a school garden program and highlights of California schools with school garden programs.

http://www.csgn.org/images/pdf/GFLBook.pdf

 

School Garden Program Overview: California Department of Education

http://www.cde.ca.gov/Ls/nu/he/gardenoverview.asp

 

School Garden Curricula and Meeting State Standards in the Garden

If you are looking for ways to link your garden lesson or school garden program with California State Standards, these resources can tell you which lessons and types of lessons meet which standard. There are also ideas and lists of garden activities/lessons.

 

Linking State Standards to Your School Garden: CFAITC

Garden activities and the state standards with which they correspond.

http://www.cfaitc.org/gardensforlearning/pdf/supplement.pdf

 

55 Resources for Learning Lessons: Food Land and People. Brief descriptions of garden education lessons for K-12

http://www.foodlandpeople.org/resources/second_ed.html

 

A Child’s Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California State Education Standards (California Department of Education)

Grades 2 - 6

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/documents/childsgarden.pdf

 

Introduction to Nutrition and Gardening: California Department of Education

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/documents/ntrtogrow1.pdf

 

Cooking and Eating: Eat Well for Nutrition, In the Garden – California School Garden Network

http://www.csgn.org/page.php?id=44

 

Kids Cook Farm Fresh Food: California Department of Education

In depth lesson plans for planting certain crops in your school garden, cooking them and learning about them.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/kidscook.asp

 

Discovering the Food System: An experiential learning program for young and inquiring minds - Cornell

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/eames/foodsys/index.html

 

Curriculum: California School Garden Network

http://csgn.org/page.php?id=22

 

Puget Sound School Gardens Collective

http://pugetsoundschoolgardens.org/index.php

 

San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance

Support and advocacy organization for school gardens.

http://sfgreenschools.org/

 

Farm to School Program: Community Alliance for Family Farms (CAFF)

http://www.caff.org/programs/farm2school.shtml

 

The Edible Schoolyard

http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/

 

Resources from Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Trainings

http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org

 

 

 Youth Programs

 

These programs listed below are youth development programs that engage youth in gardening and sustainable agriculture projects to foster strong relationships and build leadership and life skills.

 

Rooted in Community (RIC) National Network – youth gardening and community empowerment organization

http://www.rootedincommunity.org/aboutus.php 

 

Food What? – Life Lab youth program

http://foodwhatblog.blogspot.com/

 

Great Kids Farm – Baltimore City Public Schools

http://www.greatkidsfarm.org/

 

The Food Project – Boston

http://thefoodproject.org/

 

Cultivating Community

Youth internship program, immigrant/refugee incubator program,

school garden help, and  community gardens

http://cultivatingcommunity.org

 

Urban Sprouts

A San Francisco, urban agriculture education organization that works in SF schools, runs a summer program called Summer Sprouts and a garden education program for adjudicated young men in a residential treatment and rehabilitation facility

http://www.urbansprouts.org/

 

School Year Gardens: A Toolkit fro High Schools to Grow Food from September to June – The Richmond Fruit Tree Project

http://www.richmondfruittree.com/Toolkit.pdf

 

The Youth Farm and Market Project

A youth development program in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

http://www.youthfarm.net/

 

      Community Gardens

Starting a Community Vegetable Garden: New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service

http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/H-246.pdf

 

Starting a Community Garden: American Community Gardening Association

http://www.communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php

 

Community Garden Start-Up Guide: University of California Cooperative Extension

http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/garden/articles/pdf/startup_guide.pdf

 

Bringing Community Gardens To Redwood City, CA

Tips and resources to help start a community garden in your community/city.

http://www.redwoodcity.org/manager/initiatives/gardens/index.html

 

Community Gardens as Apple Seeds

http://www.communitygardensasappleseeds.info/

 

Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) Community and Youth Gardening Program

http://www.goodgrub.org/about

 

Jones Valley Urban Farm

Community and school educational and urban farm. K-12 education programs, farmers markets and a CSA.

http://www.jvuf.org/

 

City Slicker Farms

A Community and Backyard Gardening Organization

http://cityslickerfarms.org/

 

 

 Composting and Soil

 

If you’re looking for ways to use your home or school food waste, see if composting is an option. It can reduce your waste and provide a natural fertilizer for your home or school garden. It can be a great lesson in many science topics for students and can also greatly improve your soil.

 

Compost Guide: Tips for Home Composting

http://www.compostguide.com/

 

Composting Fundamentals

http://vegweb.com/composting/how-to.shtml

 

The Basics of Composting – The Garden of OZ

http://www.thegardenofoz.org/composting101.asp

 

Composting and Mulching; A Guide to Managing Yard Wastes – University of Minnesota

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG3296.html

 

Composting: Natural Resources Defense Council

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/FEATURE/backyard/compost.html

 

Master Composter

http://www.mastercomposter.com/

 

Santa Clara County Waste Reduction and Composting

http://reducewaste.org/portal/site/iwm/

 

How to Improve Clay Soils with Compost: Fine Gardening

http://www.finegardening.com/how-to/articles/improving-clay-soils.aspx

 

University of Massachusetts Soil Test Lab

Send your school or community garden soil to this lab for as little as $9 to make sure there are no toxic substances in your soil.

http://www.umass.edu/soiltest/

 

      Container Gardening

Guide to Container Gardening: Describes different vegetables, container size needed and recommended varieties.

http://www.gardenguides.com/686-guide-container-gardening-2.html

 

15 Creative Container Garden Ideas: ways to container garden using household items

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/creative-container-garden-ideas.html

 

Turn Trash into Container Garden Pots

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/trash-container-garden-pots.html

 

 

  Grants/Funding


There are many hardware stores, garden supply stores and national health, nutrition and gardening focused companies that support and often sponsor garden projects. If you are looking for funding for a school or community garden project look at these funding resources.

 

Youth Garden Grants: National Gardening Association

http://assoc.garden.org/grants/

 

Grants and Grant Writing: SF Green Schoolyard Alliance

http://sfgreenschools.org/resources/grants-grant-writing/

 

Seeds of Change Seed Donations

Seeds of Change donates some of their seeds to non-profit and school gardens. Donation requests are accepted from Jan 1st to March 1st.

http://www.seedsofchange.com/donations/donation_participants.aspx

 

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Garden Grant

http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Project-Orange-Thumb/Grant-Program

 

 

 Local Garden-related Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Clara County

 

Bronco Urban Gardens

Volunteer at Bronco Urban Gardens’ The Forge garden near Santa Clara University’s campus every Wednesday and Saturday from 2-5

http://www.broncourbangardens.org/community-and-school-gardens/the-forge

 

Collective Roots

Join Collective Roots at their community/school garden at the East Palo Alto Charter School for their monthly garden workday.

http://www.collectiveroots.org/help_us_grow/volunteer

 

Community Alliance with Family Farms (CAFF)

Help CAFF with one of their many school garden/farm field trips or work on another food system related project.

http://www.caff.org/jobs/employment.shtml

 

Full Circle Farm

Join the garden staff Wednesdays and Saturdays in the garden from 10am to dark or help with their farm stand, chicken care or other volunteer opportunities.

http://www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org/?page_id=65

 

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Volunteer along the Guadalupe River in San Jose helping with their various gardens or other conservation projects.

http://www.grpg.org/Volunteer.shtml#Gardens

 

The HEAL Project

Contact the HEAL Project in Half Moon Bay about volunteer opportunities.

http://www.thehealproject.org/

 

La Mesa Verde

Help install backyard Gardens through this program which is a project of Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose. Contact Sacred Heart to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

http://shcstheheart.org/volunteers/opps.html

 

Veggielution

Join the Veggielution crew at their community farm in Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Volunteer workdays are Tuesday 8:30am – 10am, Wednesday 2pm – 6pm, Thursday 8:30am – 10am and Saturday 10am -12:30pm

http://www.veggielution.org/get-involved/volunteer/

 

 

Local Resources – Santa Clara County

 

The Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

If you need help or have questions about gardening in Santa Clara County, the Master Gardeners can help you. You can call their hotline, ask them questions online or visit their website and read their numerous tips and explanations.

http://www.mastergardeners.org/scc.html

 

City of San Jose Community Gardens

The City of San Jose’s community garden program where garden plots are available for rent for city residents. Many gardens have a waitlist so be aware.

http://www.sjcommunitygardens.org/

 

City of Mountain View Community Gardens

http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/comm_services/recreation_programs_and_services/community_gardens.asp

 

Charles Street Gardens – Sunnyvale

http://www.charlesstreetgardens.org/

 

City of Palo Alto Community Gardens

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/visiting/news/details.asp?NewsID=457&TargetID=51

 

City of Mountain View – Free, Ready-to-use Compost

Free for residents of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and Palo Alto

http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/public_works/garbage_and_recycling/composting_and_yard_trimmings.asp

 

Donate Excess Backyard Produce to Second Harvest

http://www.shfb.org/backyardproduce

 

Village Harvest – Excess fruit tree produce

http://www.villageharvest.org/harvesting

 

 

Journey to Forever – School Gardening Resources (long list of kids gardening books )

http://journeytoforever.org/edu_garden_link.html

 **This list was compiled by Kasey Butler of The Health Trust


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