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Starting and Sustaining a School Garden

School gardens offer fun and interactive opportunities for youth to learn and experience how food is produced. Lessons learned in the garden can connect to and enhance curriculum in science, math, nutrition, language arts, and more. School gardens also offer opportunities for physical activity and make beautiful additions to the school landscape.

How the City Supports School Gardens

The City of Minneapolis partners with Minneapolis Public Schools both formally and informally in support of school gardens and healthy food for students. The Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Coordinator is a member of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and partners with City staff on various farm to school-related initiatives. School gardens are also supported through Minneapolis ordinances and the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council.

Policies Related to School Gardens

Minneapolis Public Schools

City of Minneapolis

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Urban Agriculture Activity Plan – recommends exploring the continued and expanded use of park property for gardening and urban agriculture growing, education, and training.

Additional Resources

Useful Guides to Get Started

Funding

Lists of individual grant opportunities can be found here: 

Local Support

Need more specific assistance? There are plenty of local organizations at the ready to lend their support! 

Something We’ve Missed?

If you offer school garden services and want to be included on this page, please let us know! Contact Tamara Downs Schwei at Tamara.DownsSchwei@minneapolismn.gov.

Last updated Apr 19, 2016