Nutrition Curriculum Resources for School Gardens

School gardens are a great opportunity to engage students in active learning. It’s a good way to teach youth about the importance of nutrition. Creating a curriculum that works for your students is key. Below are some resources that may help tailor your lesson plans. Grow It, Try It, Like It!: A free nutrition education…

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Youth Lessons and Activities for Gardening

Lessons and activities are a fun way to engage students with a school garden. We’ve included some resources to check out for ideas below.  Youth Grow Garden Lesson Manual: A good comprehensive guide for K-5. The manual includes classroom management, food safety, evaluations, plant parts, seeds, pollinators, and more. Both lesson plans and activities are…

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Gardening Curriculum Resources for School Gardens

Starting a school garden may feel a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? The resources below are helpful for answering general gardening questions.  Planting the Vegetable Garden: Helpful guide for soil preparation and testing. Good information on cool and warm season crops, when to plant outside, starting seeds inside, and transplanting. A Garden-in-a-Box Participant recommends…

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Food and Flowers Grow in Fairgrounds Garden

A small plot packed with food and flowers grows in the heart of the Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin. The fairgrounds garden is called the Mower County Master Gardeners’ Teaching and Donation Garden and it benefits from both MSHS community outreach programs: Garden-in-a-Box since 2019 and Minnesota Green in 2021. In coordination with the University…

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How to Build a Low Tunnel

With our erratic spring weather, one of the best investments a vegetable gardener in Minnesota can make is in a low tunnel. And, these season extenders are not hard to build or very expensive. Why Low Tunnels? Low tunnels are temporary structures, typically made of wire or PVC pipes with a plastic sheet or a…

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10 Ways to Celebrate National Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month, and while we don’t mark too many of these big days, weeks and months (hard pass on Squirrel Appreciation Day), this one is worth noting. For northern gardeners, who can finally see the growing season heading our way, April is always a month to celebrate. Here are 10 ways to…

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150 Tips: Jump Starting the Vegetable Season

Indoor seed sowing, greenhouses, cold frames, hot beds—you name it, northern gardeners have tried it to extend the season for vegetables and other plants. Today, gardeners typically use LED or flourescent lights to start seeds indoors, then move them to cold frames outdoors or low tunnels, temporary frames covered in plastic to create a cozy…

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GIAB Resources: KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a great resource for anyone interested in starting or growing a school garden. They have more than 100 lesson plans and activities available to educators. Resources are available for students K-12. The wide variety of gardening activities is great for customizable education plans.  After subscribing to their monthly newsletter, most resources are free…

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GIAB Resources: School Garden Support Organization

As schools work to include more local and fresh fruits and vegetables in school lunches, school gardens have become much more common. Nonetheless, it can become difficult to keep a school garden going and to secure funding and interest. The School Garden Support Organization Network (SGSO) is an online community that allows school garden professionals…

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GIAB Resources: Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

 Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is an organization dedicated to increasing agricultural literacy through education. Because agriculture affects our quality of life so significantly, it’s important for students to understand its role and value. The organization has a program called Agriculture in the Classroom to improve student achievement by bringing agricultural-based content to the classroom.…

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