Garden Programs

  • Guilford County School Garden Network

    • Description: The Guilford County School Garden Network brings together community stakeholders to create and sustain school gardens in Guilford County. School gardens are learning labs that can enrich every part of a school’s curriculum. Kids are more likely to eat something that they have grown, and gardening exposes kids to a variety of new food! Gardening also decreases stress and increases physical activity. The School Garden Network is a program of the NC Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center.

    • The Guilford County School Garden Network provides:

      • Networking opportunities with other educators (by connecting you to others providing garden-based education to share successes, best practices and questions on the SGN Facebook page and in person at events)

      • Professional development and workshops (about seasonal gardening information and growing techniques; specific garden curriculum and integrating the garden with standards)

      • Monthly E-Newsletter (receive grant opportunities, garden-related curriculum, and activities, notice of upcoming events)

    • Program Requirements:

      • Leadership team

      • Garden site

      • Curriculum

      • Seeds

        • Seeds to Share is an event for school and community gardens to receive free herb, vegetable, and flower seeds for their gardens. The event is the first Saturday in February in Greensboro and the second Saturday in February in High Point.

        • Guilford County Cooperative Extension keeps a supply of seeds for donation year-round (as long as supplies last). 

      • Volunteers:

        • Share Volunteer Needs - Through a partnership with the Greensboro Volunteer Center, the School Garden Network is able to share volunteer opportunities in school gardens out to a wide community of volunteers. Those in need of volunteers for their school garden must join the School Garden Network email list and fill out a volunteer request form.

        • Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteers (EMGV) School Garden Mentors:

          • Site visit and Consultation

            • Garden site selection and planning.

            • Advice on garden team development.

          • Gardening Questions

            • Plans for garden construction and planting.

            • Garden advice on how to plant, water, weed, mulch, harvest, etc.

    • Did you know?

      • More than 70 school gardens have been started in Guilford County

      • Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables

      • Students who participate in school garden programs score higher on science achievement tests

      • Students report feeling calm, safe, happy, and relaxed in their school garden

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