NC State Extension

School Gardens

School gardens provide an integrated context for learning about food, nutrition, science, math and more!

School gardens provide an integrated context for learning about food, nutrition, science, math and more!

School Gardens can be rich, vibrant spaces for young people to deepen their understanding of local foods. Browse below for resources, ideas and materials that can support a school garden program.

Growing Your Garden


Master Gardeners prepping the raised bed for planting

Master Gardeners prepping the raised bed for planting

Curriculum and Lesson Plans

  • North Carolina 4-H Garden-based Curriculum – Browse this list of curriculum that is available through your local county 4-H Cooperative Extension agent. Find out who your 4-H agent is here.
  • Other Garden/Farming Curriculum – visit this list of other garden-based curricular resources from community-based organizations
  • Junior Master Gardener – A 4-H program from Texas A&M University have been delivering garden and nutrition lessons that are fun, easy to use and is sure to inspire a new crop of young gardeners.
  • NC Ag in the Classroom – Through the NC Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom provides lesson plans that teachers can use to connect their kids to the farm and garden through science, math, literacy and social studies.
  • Food, Land and People – a program through the NC Division of Soil and Water, this comprehensive curriculum is available to educators for free after attending one of their trainings.
  • The Edible Schoolyard – a database of lessons developed from garden educators across the country.
  • Life Lab – a non-profit organization from Santa Cruz, California that has been delivering high quality and innovative garden based education for yearss.
  • Garden Mosaics – Cornell University science curriculum for youth, including action projects and community food assessments.

Primary Contact:
Liz Driscoll
4-H Youth Specialist
Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology and Horticulture Science
NC State University