Let’s work together to grow your school garden both as a food source and as a teaching resource for your school community. Through our Gardener-in-Residence (GiR) Program, Rooted can provide schools with planning, development, and staffing for existing school gardens.
We currently host GiR instructors at Elvehjem Elementary School, Crestwood Elementary School, Lapham Elementary School, and Bayview Foundation. Learn more to see if a Gardener-in-Residence program is right for your school!
One of our experienced garden educators will work in your garden, with your students and teachers, as the gardener-in-residence (GiR) instructor. The GiR will lead weekly outdoor gardening sessions and support school staff to use the garden as a dynamic outdoor learning environment.
In each gardening session, the GiR will engage students in lessons around growing and harvesting food, based on teachers’ curricular needs and the time of year.
The GiR will coordinate with teachers, volunteers, and the Parent/Teacher Organization (if applicable) to ensure broad and consistent student access to the garden and to help organize spring and fall school garden workdays as needed.
Your school’s gardener-in-residence will manage the garden from April through October to ensure that it is well managed and productive throughout the growing season.
Rooted will provide the following garden supplies: seeds and seedlings, potting soil, compost, wood chips, and mulch.
Each school’s needs vary. Services and fees may vary based on the specific plan created for your school. Contact Kim for an estimate.
Funding youth garden programs can require some creativity. We can talk through options with you. Some possibilities include:
- PTG allocation
- school fundraiser
- partnering with your after-school program
- community partners and/or businesses who want to support healthy food initiatives in schools
In addition to our Gardener-in-Residence Program, we provide unique models of youth garden education at two additional locations.