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.

Learning Garden Program

Interested in having a Learning Garden at your school?

Check here for more information about our ADA-accessible outdoor classrooms and how your school community can become a part of our growing Learning Garden Network.

School Garden Resources

We’ve created a wealth of teacher-tested resources for anyone looking for more info on starting, maintaining, and teaching in a school garden.

Resources include lesson plans, garden book lists, garden layouts, and other useful links.

School Garden Map

Please check out our Growers Map with school gardens and other urban agriculture projects in Pittsburgh to learn what’s growing in your neighborhood and make sure to add your school’s garden to the map.

Teacher Trainings

Our Teacher Trainings are workshops tailored for teachers and garden educators with existing school garden programs to teach participants about specific gardening techniques, link the skills to classroom lessons, and have an opportunity to share best practices and network with fellow teachers.

For more info and to add your name to our mailing list, email Director of School Garden Programs, Adia Effiong, at adia@growpittsburgh.org.

Flagship School Program

At our four 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.

More info coming soon!

USDA Farm to School

Farm to School is a global movement that encompasses a lot of what we already do with our school gardens: engaging students in growing, eating and making food, and purchasing local and healthy produce for school meals.

As a recipient of a USDA Farm to School grant, we’re able to do more to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for regional farmers.

ECE students at Pittsburgh Minadeo
Early Childhood Garden Program

Learning about your taste buds, smelling herbs, discovering textures of leaves and earth: everything is new for the youngest growers in our school garden programming.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.