Learning in the Garden

Whether learning is a central goal of your garden or not, providing opportunities for gardeners to build their skills and knowledge in the garden will ultimately make for a more engaged garden community.  Start by asking yourself: What knowledge and skills are available within my group of gardeners?  Whatever knowledge you can’t find in your own garden community, you’re likely to find it in your broader community or at other nearby gardens.  Additionally, there are a wealth of garden learning resources in the library and on the web – we’ve included some of our favorites below.

Also, here are some basic tips to get you started:  Building Successful Garden Education Programs

And check out the Successful School Garden Video Series, produced by VCGN in 2014 to highlight successful and innovative approaches to community involvement, curriculum integration and engaging youth.

Garden-based Curriculum & Activity Resources

Vermont Garden-based Curriculum Resources

Other Websites with Garden-based Curriculum Resources & Publications

A Sampling of Books on Youth Garden-based Learning

  • Coblyn, S. (2001). French Fries and the Food System: A year-round curriculum connecting youth with farming and food. Lincoln, MA: The Food Project.
  • Gale, G. (2001). Growing Together: A guide for building inspired, diverse and productive youth communities. Lincoln, MA: The Food Project
  • Kiefer , J., Kemple, M., and American Community Gardening Association (1998). Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools & Communities. Montpelier, VT: Food Works, Common Roots Press.
  • Larson, Nathan, Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-based Education: http://www.teachinginnaturesclassroom.org
  • Life Lab, Curricula & Activity Guides: http://www.lifelab.org/store/curriculum/
  • Parrella, Deborah. Project Seasons: Hands-On Activities for Discovering the Wonders of the World. Shelburne Farms, 1995.