National School Garden Program

in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill

  • Ellis School Garden (Denver, CO)
  • A school garden bounty (Buffalo, NY)
  • Ellis School Garden to Cafeteria Program (Denver, CO)
  • Friendship Garden (Charlotte, NC)
  • Composting at Dawes Elementary School (Chicago, IL)
  • Harvesting parsnips (Buffalo, NY)
  • Class in the garden (Long Island, NY)

We grow community around school gardens by providing technical assistance, resources and partnerships to cultivate the next generation of healthy eaters of good, clean and fair food.

Slow Food USA's National School Garden Program (NSGP) aims to reconnect youth with their food by teaching them how to grow, cook and enjoy real food. Through increased confidence, knowledge gain and skill building, we want to empower children to become active participants in their food choices. By becoming informed eaters, today’s children will help make a positive impact on the larger world of food and farming well into the future.

The goal of the NSGP is to support local Slow Food chapters and volunteers to become more effective in sustaining school garden programs in their community. We hope chapters will serve as a local school garden hub of important resources and volunteer assistance, as well as a connector that facilitates partnerships on the ground. And with generous support from Chipotle Mexican Grill, the expansion of Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program brings an abundance of resources to Slow Food chapters and schools across the country.

Check out the National School Garden Program One Pager.

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How’s It Growing

  • My Food Literacy Journey

    My Food Literacy Journey

    Taylor Durham '11, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, June 2015

    As a graduated Forest Ridge “lifer,” I can honestly say that my job in the Forest Ridge kitchen has taught me as much as my experiences in the classroom. I joined the FRidge team looking for a convenient before-school job when I turned 16. At the time, I couldn’t have predicted how much the experience would change me.
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  • Sustainability, Community, and that Beautiful Sign at PS #3

    Sustainability, Community, and that Beautiful Sign at PS #3

    Brigid D'Souza, Civic Parent, May 5, 2015

    Frank Conwell Public School (PS) #3 is a school committed to sustainability; they now have a sign to prove it. And it’s a really beautiful sign at that. This morning, through a partnership with Slow Food USA, Lead Teacher Mark Buttner and two preK classes celebrated the unveiling. At about five feet tall, the sign was provided by Slow Food, an organization that promotes “good, clean, and fair food for all.”
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