School gardens are an essential piece of the Farm to School puzzle.
The hard work that foodservice directors, distributors, farmers, nonprofits, parents, and allies all do to help get fresh, healthy, California-grown food in school cafeterias is made so much more successful by the powerful presence of school gardens. School gardens are living laboratories where youth can engage in learning about life and environmental sciences while developing meaningful connections to how food is grown. In this way, garden-based learning can provide a strong foundation for Farm to School programming, by educating students about food, agriculture, and nutrition–effectively providing the demand to meet the supply of Farm to School procurement.
For more information and resources on school gardens, visit the California School Garden Network’s website.