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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

  • Slow Food USA Announces Release of New School Garden Curriculum

    Slow Food USA Announces Release of New School Garden Curriculum

    Feb 1, 2017

    Slow Food USA has just published its second school garden curriculum, Clean: Gardening for Sustainability. Educators can use a school garden or cooking program to teach biology, chemistry, social studies, language arts, and geography.
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  • EUSD Farm Lab is the First in the US to Grow Their Own (Certified Organic) School Lunch

    EUSD Farm Lab is the First in the US to Grow Their Own (Certified Organic) School Lunch

    Mim Michelove, Director of Farm Lab, Encinitas Union School District, September 6, 2016

    EUSD Farm Lab celebrates being the first organically certified school district in the country - growing for its school lunch program on district-owned land! EUSD Farm Lab is an Encinitas Union School District satellite school, located in southern CA on a 10-acre site that houses an innovative new campus, a community garden and farm fields where food is locally grown for their school lunch program.
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