Program Participant Resources

Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MN Dept. of Ag.)

University of Minnesota Extension (Yard & Garden)

Renewing the Countryside (Farm to Childcare educational resources)

Jeffers Foundation

GENERAL GARDENING CONCEPTS

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Best practices: working in garden

U of MN Extension. Soil prep, cool and warm season crops, transplanting, planting dates.

Safe Gardening

Kids Gardening. Discusses safety issues of site, water, composting, animal exclusion, and student safety.

When to plant

Kids Gardening. Dates to plant indoors, transplants outdoor and direct sowing and charting.

Best practices: working in garden

U of M Extension. When to plant chart.

How to plant

Kids Gardening. Hardening, planting timing, direct sowing, watering, thinning.

How to plant

Kids Gardening. Companion plants. What combinations work well.

Soil

Kids Gardening. Testing, nutrients, pH, contaminants, preparing soil to plant,  raised beds and container soils.

NUTRITION

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Comprehensive Nutrition

University of California - Davis. Nutrition and Gardening, Nutrients We Need, MyPlate, Food Math,  Food Labels, Get Physically Active, Goal Setting, Consumerism, Making Healthful Snacks

Basic Nutrition

USDA FNS. The USDA’s “Grow it, Try it, Like it!” – includes The Basics, Fruit & Veggie Drawings, Food and Nutrition Fun for Preschoolers.

Nutrition & Gardens

USDA FNS. The USDA’s “Great Garden Detective” offers Gardening & Nutrition Curriculum

Nutrition & Gardens

U of  Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s “Got Veggies” offers great Gardening & Nutrition Curriculum.

YOUTH LESSONS & ACTIVITIES

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Best practices: working in garden

Oregon. Comprehensive Guide K-5th. Classroom management, food safety, evaluations, plant parts,seeds, flowers and pollinators, bugs and insects, soil and compost, worms, celebration.  Lesson plans, activities, references, books, resources.

Best practices: working in garden

School Garden Wizard.  Basics, designing, building, planting, tools, safety.

Lesson Plans and Activities -- varied prek-12

Kids Gardening. Nutrition, K-6; Pollinators and Wildlife, pk-12; Soil and Environment, 3-12; Plant Science, K-12; Arts and Culture, K-12.

Lesson Plans and Activities -- varied prek-12

Kids Gardening. Projects and Crafts over all ages.

Planting transplants and seeds

Kids Gardening.  What works for Kindergarden and earlier, cool and warm weather. Detailed discussion of each type.

Part Plants and Functions.

The Campus Kitchens Project. Part Plants and Functions.

GARDENING VIDEOS

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Germination

Gardening at 58 North. Time lapse. Great for any level.

Photosynthesis

Youtube. Peter Weatherall. Photosynthesis Song.

Photosynthesis

Youtube. Makemegenius. Animation of Photosynthesis.

Plant Parts and Functions

Youtube. Turtlediary. Plant Parts and Functions.

Plant Parts and Functions

Youtube. Smart Learning for All. Part Plants and Functions.

Plant Parts and Functions

Youtube. FIESTIKIDS. Part Plants and Functions.

Need Assistance?

Contact the Executive Director, Gretchen Ambrosier: gambrosier@northerngardener.org.