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Growing the Future by Teaching Children in the Gardens   

Granny's Garden School develops and manages outdoor classrooms that provide hands-on learning experiences through a four year, school-grounds-based, garden and nature focused program.

Outdoor classrooms are used to reinforce the teaching of academic subjects i.e. Science, Math, and Social Studies.  Produce from our vegetables gardens provides snacks for students, is served in the cafeteria and the surplus goes to feed the hungry through local food banks and soup kitchens.

Much more than gardens on school grounds; we use whatever is at hand to turn school grounds into outdoor classrooms.  These resources are the tools we use to give first-fourth grade students the opportunity to learn from hands-on experience as they interact with the natural world - as part of their school day.

Granny’s Garden School’s professional Garden Educators (many former teachers) make it possible for classroom teachers to take advantage of this valuable resource.  Equipped with our standards aligned, nature based lesson plans, Garden Educators recruit and organize volunteers, pull together materials and tools, guide the class through each activity (with the classroom teacher assisting) and clean up afterward.

At Loveland Primary and Elementary Schools (program established 2002), we developed more than 100 vegetable gardens, lots of flower gardens and a mile nature trail that serves 1,400 students.  The is one of the largest and most comprehensive school gardens in the country.

At Stewart Elementary School, in the Princeton School District (program established 2014) we currently have 45 vegetable gardens, a nature trail and two small flower gardens that serve about 700 students.  We also offer an after school garden club and summer program at this location.

It always seems impossible, until it’s done.  - Nelson Mandela.

Celebrating our 13th year of Growing the Future by Teaching Children in the Garden

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson

Continued appreciation to our original website sponsor Ellie Kowalchik of Keller Williams Pinnacle Group Real Estate