Our Garden School program uses hands-on education to teach kids about eating healthy food and environmental stewardship. We are one of the largest school garden education programs in the Pacific Northwest.
It’s challenging for teachers, parents and volunteers to create a thriving garden education program alone. Grow Portland’s Garden School program creates vibrant school gardens and provides monthly garden education for 7,000 students at 16 Portland area schools, including 4,000 students of color. We collaborate with and support around 250 classroom teachers in this programming.
According to studies compiled by the National Gardening Association, gardening-based learning provides a range of benefits to students including increased engagement and knowledge retention in key subjects such as math, science and reading. Students improve their knowledge of good nutrition and broaden their taste of vegetables.
By integrating school garden education into the school day, and providing expert support, we impact large number of students and teachers. We use established curriculum resources and our own lessons to link garden sessions to Next Generation Science standards.
We are committed to working with schools over the long term. Schools receive seeds, plants, soil amendments and season-extension products that we purchase for low cost in bulk. Fundraising for the program is a collaborative effort between Grow Portland and partner schools.
In 2018, the Portland Earth Art and Agriculture Project merged with Grow Portland, doubling the impacts of our work providing students with high-quality, science-based garden education. We currently have five educators teaching at school in three school districts; Portland Public, David Douglas, and West Linn-Wilsonville. Participating schools are:
- Creative Science
- Harrison Park
- Beverly Cleary
- Chief Joseph
- West Powellhurst
- Menlo Park
- Ventura Park
- Lincoln Park
For more program information, contact David Beller.