School Sprouts Educational Gardens’ programs are innovative, custom-designed, curriculum-based programs for all schools, community centers, and afterschool programs that serve preschool through twelfth grade.
We design and implement dynamic gardens that act as hands-on learning laboratories for scientific inquiry, writing and reflection, cultural studies, application of mathematical concepts, and health and wellness activities. Our services include garden design and construction, instruction, and collaborative planning for a diverse array of educational programs and institutions.
As interest in local foods and agriculture increases in the Pioneer Valley so does the recognition that we need to teach our youth about where their food comes from and the importance of a healthy diet. Through collaborative planning with teachers and education professionals, School Sprouts designs customized programs that meet schools’ needs while providing programming that engages students hands and minds.
The gardens we help grow are a natural space within the schoolyard where students can experience academic subjects in a fun and relevant way while growing and becoming familiar with fruits and vegetables.
Please contact us to bring a School Sprouts Educational Garden to your school, community center, or afterschool program.
About our Executive Director and Founder,
As the Executive Director of School Sprouts Educational Gardens, Hope has been instrumental in designing and implementing over a dozen teaching gardens throughout the Pioneer Valley. She works with schools, community centers and afterschool programs to realize a vision of outdoor classrooms that allow for hands-on learning and meaningful work. Hope has a M.S. in Environmental Science and additional experience in curriculum development, program coordination, and over a decade of teaching in the outdoors. She serves on the Belchertown Agricultural Commission and is passionate about connecting youth of all ages to their food and bringing learning to life. She and her family live and garden in Belchertown.