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.

How’s It Growing

  • A FoodCorps Reflection on the Oregon School Garden Summit

    A FoodCorps Reflection on the Oregon School Garden Summit

    Aaron Poplack, FoodCorps, February 27, 2015

    Hello from Oregon! As a second-year FoodCorps service member here, I have quickly realized that one of the greatest strengths of Oregon’s school garden movement is its commitment to building a thriving community of school garden practitioners. Each year, Oregon’s diverse group of school garden educators and farm to school advocates have the chance to meet and trade ideas at the annual Oregon School Garden Summit.
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  • Slow Food USA’s Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum “Hits the Shelves”

    Slow Food USA’s Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum “Hits the Shelves”

    Lauren Howe, February 16, 2014

    Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is excited to have launched our first-ever monthly webinar last Thursday February 12 just in time for the release of the initial volume of the Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum.
    full story…

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Upcoming Events

January 15-May 28, 2015 | 2:00 PM EST
USDA Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series

March 9, 2015
Applications due for the Edible Schoolyard Academy

March 14-15, 2015 | Sacramento, CA
Slow Food Sacramento’s School Garden Summit

May 4-6, 2015 | Monterey, CA
California Farm to School Conference

June 21-25,2015 | Berkeley, CA
The Edible Schoolyard Academy

July 9-11, 2015 | Austin, TX
National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) – American Horticultural Society

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