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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, volunteers, garden leaders, and teachers 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, including curriculum and program ideas, to Slow Food chapters and schools across the country.

How’s It Growing

  • Dillard University Visits Slow Food Ghana

    Dillard University Visits Slow Food Ghana

    Philip Amoah, Slow Food coordinator in Ghana, April 7, 2016

    On the 15th of March 2016, a Dillard University delegation from Louisiana, USA came to visit the activities of Slow Food in Ghana.
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  • Manzo: The Greenest Elementary School in the Nation

    Manzo: The Greenest Elementary School in the Nation

    John Asadourian, Slow Food Prescott, March 21, 2016

    Is there a formula for creating a successful school garden program? All of us who are interested in knowing what it takes to deliver green education to our children would be wise to ask questions of those who have been successful in accomplishing this goal.
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