How are School Sprouts Educational Gardens' programs funded?

Each garden program is funded differently.  Some gardens are funded through the 21st Century Learning Center program run through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Others are funded through a combination of grants and private donors.  School Sprouts works with each district or organization to provide materials and support for each unique funding need. 

How much does a School Sprouts Educational Gardens program cost?

Each garden program requires a different level of funding depending on how much time is required to coordinate and plan the program.  In addition, each garden program may operate for a different number of hours over the year and this will effect the cost of the program as well.  School Sprouts is committed to working with interested schools and organizations to create a program that is rich and experiential as well as affordable. 

How often do School Sprouts Educational Garden programs meet?

Some programs meet once a week for the spring and fall, others are twice a week throughout the school year.  Each program is uniquely tailored to the needs and desires of the school, community center, or afterschool program.

Our school is interested in starting a school garden, where should we start?

First, make sure you have a number of supportive individuals at your school.  These folks should include members of the custiodial and maintenance staff, the administration, and, of course, teachers.  Gather everyone together to discuss concerns and questions about the school garden program.  What are your goals? - Academic enrichment, healthy foods education, afterschool enrichment? Where can you build your school garden? Does this site interfere with mowing, plowing, or other maintenance activities?  What grades and ages will the garden program be geared towards? 

School Sprouts Educators are qualified to help guide you through this process.  Please contact us for assistance or consult the resources page of our website for more information.

Why school gardens?

In our experience, school gardens provide a hands-on experience for students to connect with academic material, the food they eat, their teachers, and each other.  There are many studies on the subject that indicate that school gardens have beneficial effects on everything from healthy eating to academic achievement.  Check out these links for more information:

Beneficial effects of school gardens

Healthy eating and school gardens

A fact sheet by the Children, Youth, and Environment Center for Research and Design