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.

small cherry tomatoes for small hands

Cherry tomatoes and other smaller vegetables are enjoyable for young gardeners.

  • Grow It, Try It, Like It!: A free nutrition education kit for download. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities. 
  • The Great Garden Detective Adventure: Free PDF download for this eleven-lesson curriculum. Students learn about fruits and vegetables through a series of investigations and fun activities. 
  • Got Veggies?: Free PDF downloads in both English and Spanish. Garden-based nutrition education with the goal of getting kids to eat more fresh produce.  
  • Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Cooking Series: SNAP-ed program that consists of five sessions, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour each. Focused on cooking nutritious and healthy meals.  
  • Cooking Matters: Cooking Matters is an organization that inspires families to make healthy and affordable food choices. Though it is generally geared towards adults, there are some good nutrition activities for children to participate in.  


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