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This is my bible on starting a school garden."""""--Annie Spiegelman "Huffington Post ""

This book's hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

This book will be a well-thumbed resource in many school and public libraries. . . . Strongly recommended. "Library Journal" This is my bible on starting a school garden. "Huffington Post" Easy-to-read, informative, and visually pleasing any parent or teacher considering a school garden will find a wealth of information in this book. "American Gardener " [Introduces] the joys and benefits of digging in the dirt to kids who might not otherwise get the chance. "Chicago Tribune" This terrific guide is filled with detailed, practical guidelines for organizing and running a school garden. "SciTech Book News" Offers all the instruction necessary to plan for and maintain a school garden. "Bookwatch " This book is a treasure trove of good advice and innovative ideas. From the usual what to grow and how to garden to using the garden as a teaching tool and creative starting point. . . . Fabulous resource for schools but also families who want to get more out of their patch of land. "San Francisco Chronicle" The bounty of information is presented in ways that will generate excitement and provide inspiration. [An] excellent manual for teachers and parents. "CoffeeMom" Fabulous resource for schools but also families who want to get more out of their patch of land. "WhipUp.net" A practical, schematic guide to getting a school garden off the ground, with well-written advice for getting buy-in from a school s administration, how to fundraise effectively, and even how to organize volunteers on the first day of garden-breaking. "Grist" As a former early childhood educator and one who gardened with her students, let me say that I wish this book would have existed when I was in the classroom. How to "Grow a School Garden" takes away the guesswork and provides tip after tip from two women who have many ears of school garden experience under their belts This book is a must-read for anyone (parent or teachers) interested in bringing gardens to their own school community. "Rocky Mountain Land Library""

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"How to Grow a School Garden" is a valuable tool for creating rich learning experiences and helping children reconnect to the natural world. The guide is comprehensive yet simple to follow and full of inspirational ideas. Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" Finally, it s here: a practical, concise blueprint for funding, building, planting, and maintaining a school garden. This book should be required reading for any teacher or parent who truly cares about raising a new generation of healthy eaters. Novella Carpenter, author of "Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer" At a time when we are in grave danger of boring our naturally curious children with drill-and-kill memorization, here is a powerful hands-on guide that will make learning come alive in the living laboratories of school gardens. Bravo Arden and Rachel for improving the learning landscape, even as you are promoting our children s health! Delaine Eastin, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Although school gardens may be large or small, they answer kids biggest questions: Where does my food come from? Is nature important to me? Can I work with others to make a place that is beautiful and a source of pride? With this book, you can help kids reclaim a piece of neglected play yard and transform it into an ecologically rich garden that nourishes children, parents, teachers, and your community for years to come: Plan the projectRaise fundsWork with school staff and communityDesign and prepare the spacePlant and harvestTeach in the garden classroom year roundCook with students in the gardenPacked with strategies, to-do lists, detailed lesson plans, easy recipes, and tricks of the trade for grades K 8, this is the complete school-gardens handbook for parents, teachers, and administrators."

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource! 6 Aug. 2010
By Brynna Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great resource that takes you step by step through the creation of a garden, from red tape to fundraising to actually planting. It also emphasizes how to build community, parent, teacher, and student support and buy-in. It was fun and easy to read. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! 5 Aug. 2010
By Holland Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
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I am no longer a parent of school aged kids but I loved this book. It is filled with great advice about tackling any project that involves cooperation. I was also inspired by the general gardening information. It is well-written with a great sense of humor and it covers broad ranging topics like the importance of teaching ecology to little details like how to write a grant. There is also an extensive resource list in the back which has links to a number of interesting
sites. I so enjoyed reading this - it was a "page turner". Hilarious stories and just an engaging view on the importance of the natural world. If you like gardening, kids or are interested in an important educational movement, this is a must read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To School Garden 17 Mar. 2012
By bonbon23244 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exactly what I was looking for to give our people associated curriculum with hands on info to get the program up and running. Science combined with hands on to teach young children all the way up their parents that this is the time to take control of what they eat and why. Growing can be fun, worthwhile and a joy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for all community gardeners! 16 Nov. 2010
By Kathryn Kallmes Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
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This book helps you get started on a school garden and walks you through the many steps (designing, fundraising, contacting community, etc.) it takes to actually see green. Teachers will love it because the authors have included detailed lesson plans. The authors really know what they're doing. Bonus -- it's a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars School Garden 18 Mar. 2011
By Paula Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book for kids and teachers. Our Master Gardeners group has donated this book, along with a few more to our local elementary school.
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