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School Gardens:
A Guide to Selected Resources

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Today, the school garden is once again becoming a vehicle for teaching students about the wonder of nature and the diversity of living things.

Uncle Sam playing a fife, leading a group of children carrying farm implements.
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Bucklin-Sporer, Arden, and Rachel Kathleen Pringle. How to grow a school garden: a complete guide for parents and teachers. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2010. 223 p.
   Bibliography: p. 215-220.
   LC call number: SB55.B83 2010

Hirschi, Jane S. Ripe for change: garden-based learning in schools. Cambridge, MA, Harvard Educational Press, 2015. 155 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LC call number: SB55.H54 2015

Kiefer, Joseph, and Martin Kemple. Digging deeper: integrating youth gardens into schools & communities: a comprehensive guide. Montpelier, VT, Food Works, Common Roots Press, c1998. 141 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LC call number: SB457.K47 1998 <SciRR>

Mackey, Bonnie, and Jennifer Mackey Stewart. A librarian’s guide to cultivating an elementary school garden. Columbus, OH, Linworth Pub., c2009. 124 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LC call number: SB55.M34 2009

Nuttall, Carolyn, and Janet Millington. Outdoor classrooms: a handbook for school gardens. East Meon, Hampshire, UK, Permanent Publications, 2013. 176 p.
   Uncatalogued; available in Science & Business Reading Room

Waters, Alice, and Daniel Duane. Edible Schoolyard: a universal idea. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, c2008.
79 p.
   LC call number: SB55.W38 2008

Williams, Dilafruz R., and Jonathan D. Brown. Learning gardens and sustainability education: bringing life to schools and schools to life. New York, Routledge, 2012. 227 p.
   Bibliography: p. 209-217.
   LC call number: SB55.W56 2012 LANDOVR


Jaffe, Roberta, and Gary Appel. The growing classroom: garden-based science. Developed by Life Lab Science Program. South Burlington, VT, National Gardening Association, c2007. 464 p.
   LC call number: SB55.J34 2007 FT MEADE

James, Cathy. The garden classroom: hands-on activities in math, science, literacy, and art. Boston, Roost Books, 2015. 222 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LC call number: SB457.J36 2015; shelf location: FLS2015 058369

Math in the garden: hands-on activities that bring math to life; for adults with children ages 5-13. Jennifer M. White and others. Burlington, VT, National Gardening Association, c2006. 160 p.
   LC call number: QA135.6.M3738 2006 LANDOVR


Greene, M. Louise (Maria Louise). Among school gardens. New York, Charities Publication Committee, 1910. 388 p.
   Bibliography: p. 341-375.
   LC call number: SB55.G7

Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory. “A better crop of boys and girls”: the school gardening movement, 1890-1920. History of education quarterly, v. 48, Feb. 2008: 58-93.
   LC call number: L11.H67 FT MEADE

Lawson, Laura J. The school garden movement. In her City bountiful: a century of community gardening in America. Berkeley, University of California Press, c2005. p. 51-143.
   LC call number: SB457.3.L39 2005 <SciRR>


City Sprouts External Link

Edible Schoolyard Project External Link

Gardenabcs External Link

Kids Gardening Resources External Link

Library of Congress on School Gardens

School Garden Army Manuals (World War I) External Link

Compiled by Joyce Howland, August 2009, Updated June 2016

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