- Grow Lab – The National Gardening Association’s garden based curriculum
- A Child’s Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards grades 2-6. California
- The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has a free download called “Linking State Standards to Your School Garden, available here: http://www.cfaitc.org/gardensforlearning/pdf/supplement.pdf
- Beyond the Bean Seed: Gardening Activities for grades K-6 by Nancy Jurenka & Rosanne Blass
- Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman
- Growing Food (Life Series) available here for purchase: http://www.gardeningwithkids.org/11-3300.html Geared to 4th-6th graders
- ABC's of Ecology from Ferry Beach Ecology School (www.fbes.org).
- French Fries and the Food System, from the Food Project. Available here: http://thefoodproject.org/books-manuals
- Growing Together by Greg Gale. A guide for building inspired, diverse, and productive youth communities. A publication of the Food Project.
- Growing Ventures: Starting a School Garden Business a National Gardening Association Publication
- Teaching Green: The Middle Years edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn
- The Chicago School Garden Initiative: A collaborative model for developing school gardens that work by Katherine Johnson and Marti Ross Bjornson
- Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects, and Recipes for Families by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac
- Easy Compost: The Secret to Great Soil and Spectacular Plants. Beth Hanson, ed.
- Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens into Schools and Communities by Joseph Kiefer and Martin Kemple
- Shelburne Farms Project Seasons: Hands-on Activities for Discovering the Wonders of the World by Deborah Parrella
- Growing School and Youth Gardens in New York City: A Guide to Resources, produced by Green Thumb/NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, is a thoughtfully written guide with clear, helpful tips on everything you need to know and extensive listings that instruct you on where to find all the tools—both literally and figuratively--that you need to get your school growing.
Though the guide was compiled with the New York City region in mind, it contains useful links to resources that would be helpful to schools nationwide. The guide provides extensive descriptions of each resource that's listed, making it easy to pinpoint the sites that will be most relevant for your particular space and project.
It can be downloaded from:
- The California School Garden Network (CSGN) is the best one-stop resource for school garden curriculum I have found on the web. Over 100 lessons in PDF format, for free! Check it out, here: http://www.csgn.org/page.php?id=22
- CSGN has a wonderful guidebook called Gardens for Learning, available for a free download, here: http://www.csgn.org/page.php?id=36
- www.lifelab.org They have some very cool videos available here: http://lifelabvideos.blogspot.com/ as well as a wealth of information. Also, their themed-bed calendar looks great, available here: http://www.lifelab.org/documents/Theme_Bed_Calendar.xls
- Berkeley’s Center for Ecoliteracy has some helpful information: http://www.ecoliteracy.org/