National School Garden Program

in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill


Partnerships with other organizations are key to extending the reach and capacity of school gardens. Here is a listing of some of Slow Food USA’s partnerships and links to learn more.

Making Friends (Long Island, NY)

National Partners

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

Through a vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that – where possible – are sustainably grown and Responsibly Raised™ with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food.

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Captain Planet Foundation

They support high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities. In addition to its Small Grants Program, CPF is installing hundreds of Learning Gardens in public schools in Atlanta, GA and Ventura, CA to introduce students to natural systems, food origins, life cycles and the flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Common Threads

Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community, and to teach and excite us about our world. By sharing the delight of cooking and delicious recipes, in conjunction with practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads can change lives.

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The Edible Schoolyard Project

A valuable resource for educators across the world to learn about utilizing school gardens. ESY was started by Alice Waters as an initiative to turn an underutilized outdoor area of a school into a thriving learning garden, it is now a leader in K-12 edible education curriculums.

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FarmRaiser is healthy fundraising company that connects local farms and food artisans to schools and organizations raising money for important causes. Students sell healthy, local products instead of the usual suspects (junk food, wrapping paper, pizza kits, etc.) and advocate for the importance of supporting local food systems. We’re a great way to raise money for your cause, teach kids about the importance of healthy, local food, and strengthen your local economy.

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FoodCorps is a branch of AmeriCorps that operates in seventeen states. The mission at FoodCorps is to teach children about healthy, sustainable food. The program teaches nutrition, builds school gardens and connects farms to schools.

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Life Lab

Drawing on over thirty-five years of work with young people in gardens, Life Lab, a nonprofit organization, has emerged as a national leader in the garden-based learning movement.Through workshops and consultations, they have provided tens of thousands of educators across the country with the inspiration and information necessary to engage young people in gardens and on farms.

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National Farm to School Network

An information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools.

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The Whole Kids Foundation

They are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded by Whole Foods Market and guided by the same values, principles, expertise and standards for quality ingredients, food production methods and nutrition. WKF supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Given the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods.

contact us

Slow Gardens

Lauren Howe
Program Director
877.SlowFoo(d), ext. 129


Andrew Nowak
Program Director
877.SlowFoo(d), ext. 128