Profile: Grow Your Own!

Start An Organic School Garden

As part of The Ecology Center’s dedication to environmental and community change, Grow Your Own! supports school gardens and their leaders with mentorship, curriculum, materials, and resources to help create gardens that are beautiful, educational, and functional.
GYO! gardens are designed to educate across five core areas of sustainability- food, water, waste, shelter, and energy. Our curriculum aligns with the Common Core and NGS Standards. Our program creates cumulative and lasting relationships that form a supportive and collaborative school garden network in Southern California.
Grow Your Own! is a two-year grant-subsidized program free to schools selected by The Ecology Center. The program would not be possible without our numerous funders that include: Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, Orange County Community Foundation, Tod and Linda White Foundation, Tarsadia Foundation, Employees Community Fund of Boeing, Wells Fargo Foundation, Disney/CREEC, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, and the San Clemente Garden Club.
Browse through the curriculum or visit us for tools, materials and any questions you might have on starting an organic school garden!

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Fall: Community Building & Planning–Oct.

Rally a team of enthusiastic supporters, and together you will create a garden that lasts for years to come.
In your first year you’ll be challenged to gather a team of enthusiastic supporters who will help you on the journey of creating a school garden that lasts for years to come. There are resources here to help you rally enthusiasm in your school, kick off your garden with events, and organize your garden committee.
At the beginning, you want to be both inclusive and focused. Your garden will attract supporters once critical mass builds, but you will need to jump start interest in the beginning.

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Fall: Community Building & Planning–Sept.

Observation is the first step to starting a successful, sustainable school garden program. Taking stock of your school environment will show you what you already have and where you need to begin.
This month, we help you research ideas for your new garden and document your existing resources. We have also included a lesson that engages your broader school community in the visioning process. Here are some first things to consider:

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Summer: Maintenance - June

Applications for the 2015-2016 are now available. Download the Application.
During the slower pace and heat of summer, it's natural to plant less in the ground and focus care on what is growing already. This season includes tips for amending soil, creating a maintenance plan, and installing irrigation.

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Summer: Maintenance - July

Applications for the 2015-2016 are now available. Download the Application.
During the slower pace and heat of summer, it's natural to plant less in the ground and focus care on what is growing already. This season includes tips for amending soil, creating a maintenance plan, and installing irrigation.

Category: For Teachers

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Summer: Maintenance - August

Applications for the 2015-2016 are now available. Download the Application.
During the slower pace and heat of summer, it's natural to plant less in the ground and focus care on what is growing already. This season includes tips for amending soil, creating a maintenance plan, and installing irrigation.

Category: For Teachers

View NoteStreamSave to App