Vision: School Garden Project is committed to a future in which children become healthy adults who eat fruits and vegetables, know the basics of growing food, steward the natural world, and contribute to a thriving community. Mission: We advance our vision by helping Lane County schools develop onsite vegetable gardens where we teach children standards-based science and the basics of growing food, using the garden as an outdoor laboratory. We also provide material and curriculum resources; professional development for educators; volunteer recruiting and training; and maintenance support to sustain and expand educational gardens throughout our region and beyond.
Strategic programs achieve multiple outcomes with one intervention. That’s what defines School Garden Project’s in-school education program. With critical community financial and volunteer support, School Garden Project delivers standards-based curriculum that improves science knowledge, introduces gardening concepts, encourages physical activity, and helps children learn to love vegetables.
Volunteers help our programs thrive! Individual volunteers are needed for in-school programs, event planning and outreach, and various support tasks. Businesses and community groups are encouraged to plan ‘day of service’ events to assist with routine garden maintenance throughout the year.
Be part of the school garden success! Your contribution creates positive results: improved science knowledge, new gardening skills and a love for fresh vegetables. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today and help to keep Lane County students growing!
School Garden Project partners with local schools to provide specialized, standards-based science instruction through garden-based learning. We lead sessions that integrate hands-on science lessons with practical food production skills while increasing access and exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Since 2001, School Garden Project has worked with over 70 schools and 10,000 students, through our educational and support services programs. Learn more about how school gardens are growing successful students and meet the team who helps to keep our gardens growing!
School Garden Project believes that building collaborative partnerships between formal and informal educators can help to strengthen the learning outcomes of students within our community. We offer Support Services to educators in Lane County, as well as curriculum and professional development opportunities.
Our programs are made possible by the generous financial support of individuals and businesses in our community, as well as hundreds of community and student volunteers. Learn more about how you can dig in to help keep school garden education growing in Lane County.