Webinars




Join School Garden Support Organizations (SGSO) from across the nation for a
SGSO Best Practices Webinar Series


Upcoming SGSO Best Practice Webinars
School Garden Support Organizations will present best practices, case studies, tools, and resources from each of the 5 SGSO Key Topics listed below. 

The National School Garden Network (NSGN) connects individuals and organizations working to support school garden programs at a district, regional, statewide, or national level. Members share resources and strategies for supporting multiple schools gardens, with the ultimate goal of aligning efforts across communities.

  • School Garden Program Sustainability and Finances -- April 25, 2017 1pm PST

    School Garden Program Sustainability and Finances

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  • School gardens are tremendously popular and valuable resources, but these programs often face questions about if they can continue year-to-year. In this Webinar, we discuss dedicated garden program staffing, community engagement, and other factors that lead to programmatic sustainability. We’ll also learn from successful initiatives to secure corporate sponsorships; community partnerships; legislation; and school or district-level investments that lead to financial sustainability. 
    Hosted by: Sam Ulery, School Garden Specialist at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education's Division of Wellness and Nutrition

    View Best Practices Document on Program Sustainability and join the dialog on Program Sustainability and Finances on our forum.



  • Maintaining Multiple School Gardens  -- May 9, 2017 1pm PST
  • Maintaining Multiple School Gardens Webinar

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      All school gardens have one thing in common: they have to be maintained so they can continue to be productive and thriving educational spaces and school resources. In this webinar, viewers will learn about successful approaches that School Garden Support Organizations have used to maintain multiple school gardens. In addition, we will share best practices, tools and resources related to garden maintenance needs throughout the seasons.
      Hosted by: Stephanie Kichler, National Education Manager at The Kitchen Community; Kyla Van Deusen, Program Manager at Captain Planet Foundation; John Fisher, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Life Lab

    View Best Practices Document on Maintaining Multiple School Gardens and join the dialog on Maintaining Multiple School Gardens on our forum.





  • Identifying and Measuring Impact -- June 6, 2017 1pm PST 

Measuring Impact of School Garden Programs

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    Hear how and why School Garden Support Organizations across the nation measure the impact of school garden programming. A wide range of assessment tools and strategies from different organizations will be shared.
    Hosted by: Robyn Burns, Program Director, CitySprouts; With Meg Hiesinger, The Ecology Center; Suzannah Holsenbeck, Common Ground - High School Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center; May Tsupros, Gardeneers


      View Best Practices Document on Measuring Impact of School Gardens and join the dialog on Maintaining Multiple School Gardens on our forum.





  • Professional Development Models for Training Garden Educators -- September 12, 2017 1pm PST Register
  • School Garden Support Organizations work to prepare teachers, organization staff, and community volunteers to lead students in garden-based learning activities. Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators.
    Hosted by: Vanessa Ford, Director of Training & Curriculum Development, REAL School Gardens


  • School Garden Networks -- October 10, 2017 1pm PST Register
  • As the school garden movement continues to grows nationwide, an increasing number of educators, schools, and school garden support organizations are seeking opportunities to connect with each other to share ideas, resources, and best practices. During this webinar, we will hear from model district-wide, regional, and state-wide school garden networks about how they are working to support communication, professional development opportunities, equity, advocacy, and networking in their regions.
    Hosted by: Nathan Larson, Director of the Cultivate Health Initiative, Community GroundWorks





School Garden Support Organizations Unite!






Archived Webinars

EdWeb School Garden Community Webinar Series

  • Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens
  • Common Core in the Garden
  • Outdoor Classroom Management
  • Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden
  • Inquiry in the Garden
  • Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space
  • From School Garden to Cafeteria Table: How to Plan, Grow, and Use Garden Produce in a School Cafeteria Lunch Program
  • Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • Healthy Food + Healthy Ecosystems = Healthy Neighborhoods (A Summer Garden Program for Middle School Youth)
  • Innovative Ways to Fund Your School Garden Program
  • Tools to Create Social Change Through Youth Farming and Gardening
  • The Edible Schoolyard Project
  • Building a Youth Beekeeping Program
  • Skills of a Successful School Garden Coordinator
  • Garden to Plate
  • Summertime in the School Garden: Exploring Opportunities to Support and Share Your School Garden
  • Breaking it Down: School Composting Made Easy with FoodCorps
  • Fruit Trees in the School Garden
  • Get Food Education in Every School: Join the National Initiative!
  • Celebrate National Farm to School Month!
  • Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School
  • School Gardening in the Fall
  • Winter Planning For The Spring School Garden
  • Feast for Every Season
  • Help Students Discover that TREES ROCK! Classroom Resources & Contest Info from Scotties


Slow Food USA School Garden Program Webinars

  • Monthly webinars on topics related to running school gardens.
Also see Slow Food USA Garden to Cafeteria Toolkitwebinar Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4pm EST/1pm PST.  View the archive at  WholeKids Foundation GoToWebinar channel

National Farm to School Resources - Search: Webinar

Past related topics:

  • Evaluating your Farm to School program - Best practices and tools 
  • Farm to School: Cooking with Children in the Classroom
  • School Gardens vs. Summer Vacation
  • Food, Farm and Nutrition Curriculum Connections: Developing Educational Experiences 
  • Using school garden produce in school food service
  • Local and State Governments: Key Partners in Farm to School


USDA Farm to School Community Food Systems Webinars

Offers farm to school themed videos and webinars some of which are focused on school gardens.


The Edible Schoolyard Project - Google Hangouts

View Past Hangouts

View Upcoming Online Events


Peoples Garden Webinars

2011 Series

2012 Series