American Horticulture Society: Youth Gardening
Information on kids’ gardening. Has a national database of youth gardens, a resource list for youth gardens, and other resources.
Columbia University Linking Food and Education (LIFE) program
The LIFE program focuses on science and education. It teaches biology with a focus on food and nutrition. Strong focus on making scientific investigations meaningful to students. Entire lesson plans and curricula available for download on the website. The organization also offers workshops for schools who wish to implement the LIFE curriculum.
East Texas Gardens: Kids Gardening Resources
List of online resources, some at other websites and some original articles. Also has a Junior Master Gardener online game.
Edible Schoolyard: Berkeley
One-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, CA. Through gardening education programs, kids grow, harvest, and prepare food. Under the “resources” tab are lesson plans and recipes for download and use.
The Food Project
Massachussetts-based project that brings youth from different backgrounds together to work towards a sustainable, local food system. They offer a variety of youth programs that run all summer to a full academic year. They also offer a full-time, year-long internship for ages 18-24. Under the “toolboxes” tab (on top of the webpage) are PDF versions of the programs, explaining everything from recruiting youth to implementing their program. These instructions are very specific to their programs, but can also be applied to other programs.
Gardening with Kids
Books, activities, posters, cards, toys, greenhouses, etc. for sale. Aimed toward classroom instruction on gardening.
Great resource on youth gardens! Has a resource for grants and fundraising. Also has a huge variety of classroom projects, stories, activities, a school greenhouse guide, and other guides. Each section has an extensive list of links to follow. Also has information for parents.
School Garden Wizard
Outlines how to plan for, start, implement and maintain a schoolyard garden. It also has resources for keeping kids interested in gardening through lessons and activities. Sample lessons and activities are provided for download.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service: Composting for Kids
Powerpoint on composting. Very fun, simple, approachable, and full of pictures. Also discusses different uses of finished compost in the garden (trenches, pockets, etc.). Great for kids and adults alike.
Youth Farm and Market Project
A project out of Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota. Includes nine urban garden sites farmed by kids in the downtown Twin Cities. Also helps bring fresh produce to urban neighborhoods and incorporates nutrition, gardening, cooking, and entrepreneurship into its programs. Also offers teens year-round employment through internship opportunities.