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.

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School garden resources recently added

January 25, 2016: School Garden Webinar - Ark of Taste & Biodiversity in School Gardens

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Key Resources

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How’s It Growing

  • Growing Community in School Gardens Locally and Globally

    Growing Community in School Gardens Locally and Globally

    Lauren Howe, Slow Food USA, January 1, 2016

    And because community can go well beyond the four walls of a school and may even cross state or country lines, we are excited to launch the Global Garden Exchange (GGE), an international email pen-pal program that connects schools across cultures.
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  • Slow Food at Learn Green 2015

    Slow Food at Learn Green 2015

    Cindy Joseph, Slow Food Glades to Coast, December 2, 2015

    On November 16th, the Slow Food Glades to Coast chapter took part in the annual Learn Green Conference in Palm Beach County, Florida. We were joined by Slow Food USA National School Garden Program leaders, Andrew Nowak and Lauren Howe, for a day of interacting with teachers and administrators who are passionate about increasing the eco-consciousness of their students, many through school gardens.
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