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Looking to start a school garden for your Farm to School initiative?

Whether you are just starting out, or you are a veteran green thumb, learn how to plan, implement and sustain your school garden project. These resources will also help you learn how to get your garden harvests into the cafeteria.

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Climate Zone Map & Region Map

Get to know your climate zone and region to learn about which plants will thrive in your region.

Gardening Solutions Infographics

Download infographics that visually depict which Florida commodities grow during each season.

Provided by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Florida Gardening Calendar

Find out when to plant and how to get the most out of your school garden!

The Gardening Calendar gives Florida gardeners a monthly guide for what to plant and do in their gardens. It includes links to useful gardening websites, all based on University of Florida research and expertise.

Three different editions of the Gardening Calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida’s climate zones: North, Central and South.

Provided by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Explore In-Season Foods

Eating local, in-season foods supports Florida farmers, increases the abundance of nutrient-dense foods and reduces our environmental footprint.

Find out which Fresh From Florida foods are in season.

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In-Person School Garden Leadership Training Series

Since 2020, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program have partnered to host a series of School Garden Leadership Trainings. This training and networking experience is designed for Florida school garden stakeholders of all levels to build gardening confidence, foster collaboration among stakeholders and strengthen garden programs for long-term success.

These workshops focus on three spheres of school garden sustainability:

  1. Gardening knowledge
  2. Curricula connections
  3. Leadership skills
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Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit

Explore the Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit, provided by Slow Food USA and the Whole Kids Foundation.

School Garden Guide

The School Garden Guide is an at-a-glance guide to starting and sustaining a school garden in Florida. It walks you through the process of identifying and organizing the individuals, organizations and assets needed to develop and maintain a successful school garden. The backbone of this guide is a step-by-step process for getting the garden up and running.

Gardening Guide: Grow to Learn

Grow to Learn is a unique and helpful gardening guide for making school gardens beautiful and bountiful places to grow nutritious food, as well as vitalizing learning environments for students. It includes insight on building your team, gardening basics and guidance on how to sustain and expand the garden.