National School Garden Program

in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill

SFUSA School Garden Guide

From design, implementation and curriculum to fundraising, volunteers and school policy, this comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community, based on Slow Food values of:

Good, Clean and Fair

“Good” food that is delicious and healthy for the body; “clean” food that is sustainably grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers; and “fair” food that provides reasonable compensation and safe working conditions for those who grow and prepare the food.

Access, Taste and Joy

Grow fresh food where processed and/or fast foods are prevalent, with an emphasis on seasonality (for best flavor) and community in growing, preparing and sharing the food.

Biodiversity, Culture and Traditions

Demonstrating respect for local food cultures, protecting these traditions and creating awareness of growing foods that are at-risk of extinction.

View the School Garden Guide

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You can view by individual chapters (1–2.1 MB each) or see the full guide (9.4 MB).

You can also purchase a hard copy of the printed guide here.

School Garden Manual - Full VersionSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 1: Design + BuildSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 2: VolunteersSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 3: FundraisingSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 4: CurriculumSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 5: MarketingSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 6: Special ProjectsSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 7: PolicySchool Garden Manual - Chapter 8: EvaluationSchool Garden Manual - Chapter 9: Appendices

contact us

Slow Gardens

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


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