School Garden Programs
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 have partnered to develop a Learning Garden Program to support more school gardens in our region. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school. In this program, we work with school staff and community for two years to assist in planning and building on-site gardens. We work with teachers to train and host garden classes throughout the season and align garden classes with the school’s mission and curriculum to create a dynamic, sustainable school-specific program. This is our primary expansion model.
Workshops and School Garden Map
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. Workshops will be open for sign up in the fall of 2016.
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.
To learn more about our School Garden Programs, search our lesson plans and school garden resources or check out our blog, please visit edibleschoolyardpgh.org.