We integrate garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to support the development and education of the whole child. We aim to teach students to grow, cook and eat fresh food while celebrating the cultures and experiences of our students and our city.
Grow Pittsburgh began its school garden work in 2007 and continues to develop and refine its programs to support an ever-growing network of schools committed to garden education. Please explore our program offerings below to see where you and your school might fit.
Learning Garden Program
Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community are partnering to bring schools Learning Gardens, ADA accessible outdoor classrooms built to fit organically into any school yard. They are designed to be easily managed spaces which schools take ownership over and incorporate into the structure and culture of their school community.The Learning Garden transforms urban schoolyards into vibrant gathering places bursting with life.
We recognize that each school and community is unique, which is why we design each Learning Garden specifically for each school. Additionally, we will pair your school with a talented Grow Pittsburgh Garden Educator for two years. Their job it is support teachers’ use of the Learning Garden as a teaching tool, and to help schools build the groundwork for a thriving garden in the years to come.
Our School Garden Website
Grow Pittsburgh’s School Garden website is a great resource for teachers and other school community members looking to learn more about starting, maintaining, and teaching in a school garden. The website includes a wealth of local resources, including lesson plans, garden recipes, and best practices. These resources have been developed and tested by Grow Pittsburgh staff and are used by teachers throughout the region and beyond.
To learn more about our School Garden Programs, search our lesson plans and school garden resources, or check out our blog, please visit schools.growpittsburgh.org.
Teacher Workshop Series
We offer a series of workshops aimed towards teachers and garden educators with existing school garden programs. At each workshop, participants will learn about specific gardening techniques, link the skills to classroom lessons, and have an opportunity to share best practices and network with fellow teachers. Our next workshop is on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017. For more information about our teacher workshop series or to add your name to our mailing list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Garden Map
Please check out this map with school gardens and other urban agriculture projects in Pittsburgh and make sure to add your garden to the map.
Flagship School Garden Program
At our Flagship Schools, Garden Educators are actively involved in teaching weekly garden-based and cooking lessons, facilitating community events and maintaining the onsite raised-bed gardens. Our ongoing work with Flagship Schools serves as a foundation for curriculum and program development for all our school garden work in Pittsburgh. We use and share these Flagship School best practices and curriculum with our Learning Garden Program, through our workshops, and with other interested educators, parents and community members free of charge on our School Garden website.