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

  • Cultivating a Fresh Perspective

    Cultivating a Fresh Perspective

    Christine Brinkmann, Slow Food Bluegrass, November 20, 2015

    Kids love to cook. They want to learn, to get messy, to use a knife, and eat! They love to share their own experiences – to tell you about their grandmother’s chicken pot pie or when they found a huge bug inside a tomato in their garden. And, they want to do it all at once!
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  • Commitment to Community

    Commitment to Community

    Jeremy Samson, Slow Food Orange County, November 6, 2015

    I am a gardener first, an educator second, and a cook…almost never. The opportunity to learn more about the things I am already familiar with was fun. The opportunity to learn about the things I know nothing about was priceless.
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