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How to Grow a School Garden


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Arden Bucklin-Sporer is executive director of the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, an advocacy organization for school gardens and outdoor classrooms. She is the director of educational gardens for the San Francisco Unified School District, and a founding partner of Bay Tree Design, Inc., a landscape architecture firm. Arden has worked with green schoolyards and public school gardens for over a decade, building an award-winning school garden program as a public school parent and working closely with school districts at the local, state and national level. Her interest in urban agriculture is fueled by her family's organic farm and vineyard in Sonoma County, CA. Arden lives in San Francisco and Sonoma with her husband and three mostly grown sons. Rachel Kathleen Pringle is programs manager for the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance. She is also the urban school garden liaison for Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's School Garden Teacher Training Program in Sonoma County, California. Rachel has worked in the environmental education field since moving to California in 2002. She has taught in a public school garden, integrating the curriculum into the outdoor classroom and planning events, and has created and led workshops for garden coordinators, parents, and community members while collaborating with local environmental organizations. Before earning a Master's degree in Conservation Biology, Rachel raised cattle and kept a garden while growing up on a small farm in rural Maine.


"This book will be a well-thumbed resource in many school and public libraries. . . . Strongly recommended." --Library Journal

"This is my bible on starting a school garden." --Huffington Post

"Easy-to-read, informative, and visually pleasing--any parent or teacher considering a school garden will find a wealth of information in this book." --American Gardener

"[Introduces] the joys and benefits of digging in the dirt to kids who might not otherwise get the chance." --Chicago Tribune

"This terrific guide is filled with detailed, practical guidelines for organizing and running a school garden." --SciTech Book News

"Offers all the instruction necessary to plan for and maintain a school garden." --Bookwatch

"This book is a treasure trove of good advice and innovative ideas. From the usual 'what to grow' and 'how to garden' to using the garden as a teaching tool and creative starting point. . . . Fabulous resource for schools but also families who want to get more out of their patch of land." --San Francisco Chronicle

"The bounty of information is presented in ways that will generate excitement and provide inspiration. [An] excellent manual for teachers and parents." --CoffeeMom

"Fabulous resource for schools but also families who want to get more out of their patch of land." --WhipUp.net

"A practical, schematic guide to getting a school garden off the ground, with well-written advice for getting buy-in from a school's administration, how to fundraise effectively, and even how to organize volunteers on the first day of garden-breaking." --Grist

"As a former early childhood educator and one who gardened with her students, let me say that I wish this book would have existed when I was in the classroom. How to Grow a School Garden takes away the guesswork and provides tip after tip from two women who have many ears of school garden experience under their belts...This book is a must-read for anyone (parent or teachers) interested in bringing gardens to their own school community." --Rocky Mountain Land Library

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