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School Gardens
Anwatin Dowling Loring Lyndale Nellie Stone Johnson
Did you know that MPS has over 30 school gardens in our district?
School gardens are a fantastic way to bring more hands-on learning to Minneapolis schools! The gardens serve as a fun and exciting place to bring what kids are learning in their classrooms and translate it into tangible experiences. The gardens also provide schools with a great resource for teaching agriculture and nutrition education.
No two gardens are the same! Schools are able to tailor their gardens to meet the needs of their students, staff, and community. Are you interested in learning more about MPS school gardens? Send us an email
Roosevelt High School does an amazing job of involving their school and community in their gardens! Roosevelt partners with SPARK-Y to teach students how to grow greens and herbs from aquaponics systems. In fact, this year, Roosevelt introduced a new elective course focused on aquaponics and green houses. Roosevelt also worked with their shop class to build greenhouses for the garden. To manage and harvest the garden, Roosevelt established the RUF (Roosevelt Urban Farming) Squad, an after school club meeting every Thursday. 
MPS School Garden Guide--This garden guide includes the application process for establishing a MPS school garden, garden planning tips, educational resoruces, garden safety, fundraising ideas, and how to get everyone involved in the garden.
Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards: A How to Manual for School Professionals--A comprehensive manula for starting and sustaining school gardens in Minnesota
Minnesota School Gardens: A Guide to Gardening and Plant Science--great garden lesson plans that link to Minnesota Academic Standards!


The Garden Out Front