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Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle, gardeners and educators, bring extensive personal experience and skill sets to this excellent manual for teachers and parents interested in creating school gardens. With step-by-step tasks, advice on everything from raising funds to garden designs, materials lists, and lesson plans that connect garden activities to curriculums and meeting school standards, this unique guide paves the way for getting a garden off the ground, so to speak, in a yearlong overview that covers ideas for building planting beds, delicious recipes, and composting. The bounty of information is presented in ways that will generate excitement and provide inspiration for teachers and their volunteer partners. Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle are also comprehensive in their approach to providing much needed guidance for communities and schools that have already embarked on creating school gardens, yet require assistance in moving forward. And for those new to the concept, the authors will awaken readers to the critical aspects of teaching children organic-gardening principles, the delights and solace of the gardening experience, and how to nurture a child's understanding of ecology. --Alice Joyce

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"The bounty of information is presented in ways that will generate excitement and provide inspiration. [An] excellent manual for teachers and parents."


(CafeMom.com)

"As a former early childhood educator and one who gardened with her students, let me say that I wish this book would have existed when I was in the classroom. How to Grow a School Garden takes away the guesswork and provides tip after tip from two women who have many ears of school garden experience under their belts… This book is a must-read for anyone (parent or teachers) interested in bringing gardens to their own school community."

(Rocky Mountain Land Library)

"Here's a book that we wish we could purchase many, many copies of, allowing its fun lessons to spread far and wide."

(Grist.com)

"[Introduces] the joys and benefits of digging in the dirt to kids who might not otherwise get the chance." 
(Chicago Tribune)

"Offer[s] the information and encouragement for helping schools create a patch of green."
(whipup.net)

“This book is a treasure trove of good advice and innovative ideas. From the usual ‘what to grow’ and ‘how to garden’ to using the garden as a  teaching tool and creative starting point…Fabulous resource for schools but also families who want to get more out of their patch of land.”

(San Francisco Chronicle)

"Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle have written a book that simplifies and clarifies the mysterious process of changing part of any schoolyard from an asphalt wasteland to a lively connection with the natural world."
(SciTech Book News)

“This terrific guide is filled with detailed, practical guidelines for organizing and running a school garden.”

(Huffington Post)

“This is my bible on starting a school garden."

(Marin Independant Journal)

“Their hands-on approach makes school garden projects accessible, inexpensive and sustainable.”
(Library Journal)

"This book will be a well-thumbed resource in many school and public libraries. ... Strongly recommended."
(American Gardener)

"Easy-to-read, informative, and visually pleasing ― any parent or teacher considering a school garden will find a wealth of information in this book."
(Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior)

This book's hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.
(Journal of Education Nutrition and Behavior)

This book's hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brynna Vogt on August 6, 2010
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This is a great resource that takes you step by step through the creation of a garden, from red tape to fundraising to actually planting. It also emphasizes how to build community, parent, teacher, and student support and buy-in. It was fun and easy to read. Loved it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Holland Sutton on August 5, 2010
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I am no longer a parent of school aged kids but I loved this book. It is filled with great advice about tackling any project that involves cooperation. I was also inspired by the general gardening information. It is well-written with a great sense of humor and it covers broad ranging topics like the importance of teaching ecology to little details like how to write a grant. There is also an extensive resource list in the back which has links to a number of interesting
sites. I so enjoyed reading this - it was a "page turner". Hilarious stories and just an engaging view on the importance of the natural world. If you like gardening, kids or are interested in an important educational movement, this is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bonbon23244 on March 17, 2012
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This book is exactly what I was looking for to give our people associated curriculum with hands on info to get the program up and running. Science combined with hands on to teach young children all the way up their parents that this is the time to take control of what they eat and why. Growing can be fun, worthwhile and a joy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Moore on March 18, 2011
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This is a good book for kids and teachers. Our Master Gardeners group has donated this book, along with a few more to our local elementary school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KL (Hermosa Beach, CA) on November 5, 2010
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I found this book, from beginning to end, easily accessible. I literally could not put it down and didn't, until I finished. Then I went back and tagged topics I wanted to refer back to. Of those, chapter 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 & 9! Everything! I loved
Kindergarten Scope and Sequence, Connecting the garden to the curriculum, the section on journaling, managing the outdoor classroom, the weekly schedule, all the wonderful activity ideas. In fact, flipping through the book again right now to review what I marked, makes me want to re-read it again. Since reading this book, my time in the garden with our students has been more productive, organized and fun!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jill Andersen on January 3, 2011
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Given that everything is political, this book is a simple step by step how to negotiate implementing a school garden or outdoor curriculum with the support of your principle, teachers and the local school community. While, at the same time, supporting through simple step by step exercises, your particular school garden vision (mission statement). It is an amazing book written by someone with hands on knowledge and expertise in creating school gardens. This is an essential book for any person(s) that would like to put together a flourishing school garden or outdoor curriculum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2010
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How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers offers all the instruction necessary to plan for and maintain a school garden. From gaining support from teachers and administration to managing volunteers through different semesters, this tells how to reclaim a piece of schoolyard to turn it into a garden project for students and teachers to work on together. A fine pick for any educator's school project collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Kallmes Alvarez on November 15, 2010
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This book helps you get started on a school garden and walks you through the many steps (designing, fundraising, contacting community, etc.) it takes to actually see green. Teachers will love it because the authors have included detailed lesson plans. The authors really know what they're doing. Bonus -- it's a fun read.
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