Formed in 1999, the San Diego Regional School Garden Resource Center (RC) assists K-12 educators interested in using the garden as a tool to teach nutrition, agriculture, nature, and other school subjects in science, math, writing, reading, art, music, and others. The RC acts as a resource clearinghouse for teachers and school districts interested in garden-based nutrition education. The RC provides practical training, ongoing support and related resources for educators interested in programs aimed at encouraging students to appreciate fresh food and learn about the whole food cycle. The San Diego Regional School Garden Resource Center operates through a contract with the California Department of Education.
Each spring, the Resource Center organizes an annual give-away of herbs and veggie seedlings from Altman Plants of Vista. One hundred teachers will receive a flat of robust warm season seedlings including peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and more.
Photo: Plants waiting for pick-up in front of Casita Elementary’s school garden in Vista.
Promoting School Garden Sustainability
How do you sustain a school garden over multiple years, after that one passionate parent has “graduated”, or your grant money runs out? Several schools have found ways to fund their programs and to actively engage children and teachers in using the garden year after year.
To read more about how seven San Diego County schools have sustained their garden programs for more than 5 years, read this article, “Plant Good People and Cultivate Relationships,” based on interviews of staff, parents, and volunteers.
Teacher Training Workshops –
1. “Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden”
This hands-on organic gardening workshop are perfect for anyone who would like to learn more about school garden practicalities, ranging from garden design to irrigation and pest management, to curriculum connections. It is a comprehensive, intensive introduction which will help you start your school garden program next year on the right foot! If you would like to bring this training program to your school district or site, please call (619)562-0096 for more information.
2. Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE)
Garden Enhanced Nutrition GENE will give you lots of ideas for using the garden as a tool for teaching as well as encouraging healthy eating.
See the News section on the right-hand side of this website for upcoming workshops in San Diego, click here for garden-based learning resources, or call (619)562-0096 for more information.
3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:
A Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment
Offered in partnership with the California Department of Education, Santa Cruz Life Lab, and the UC Davis Children’s Garden Program. This two part training provides tools to support an increase of fresh fruits and vegetables on school campuses through fun, interactive, and skill-building activities. This training will be held in San Diego on February 26-27. For more information please visit www.healthyschoolenvironment.org
To view links to other San Diego organizations that support school gardens, click here.
The San Diego Regional School Garden Resource Center is a member of the California School Garden Network.