WV School Garden Toolkit

written for and by west virginia school gardeners

General Resources

–The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition maintains a calendar of grant opportunities relevant to WV food and farm projects.  Check it out regularly to learn about school garden grants that you can apply to!

–Regional Gathering on School Gardens: Key Findings Report:  On May 21, 2012, The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition (an initiative of the West Virginia Community Development Hub) and WVU Extension Service partnered to bring together a group of 29 individuals working on school gardens in West Virginia.

The Green Accelerator, designed by the Center for Economic Options, is an online community that connects people who are interested in sustainability issues and the green economy.  See the Farm to School discussion group‘s resources, which includes a successful Farm to School model in Colorado.

–Why Hunger’s Capacity Building Tools for School Gardens

–The Community Food Security Coalition’s Farm to School resources, including “Strengthening Farm to School Programs: A Policy Brief for State and Local Legislators”

Farm to Preschool resources by the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Preschool Subcommittee.  They recently conducted a survey which reached almost 500 Farm to School programs across the nation, reaching a total of over 160,000 children.

–Why Hunger’s “Feeding Our Future: A Farm to School Program Guide” highlights four groups with diverse approaches who are using the innovative model of Farm to School to improve children’s health and help bring business to local farmers.  See other Why Hunger Resources here.

–The Kentucky Farm to School Task Force developed a practical handbook for food service directors, farmers, and community members “interested in feeding Kentucky food to Kentucky kids in Kentucky schools.” The Kentucky Farm to School website includes other helpful resources, including 9th-12th grade curriculum.

–With limited ingredient lists, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, students in Cooking up Change are re-writing the recipe for school food. The contest challenges students to create a great-tasting school lunch that meets nutrition standards on a tight budget, using only ingredients commonly available for school food service. Learn more here.

School Composting Manual:  This manual for Conneticut schools is based on the experiences of a group of dedicated people who developed the composting program at Mansfield Middle School.  Made for Connecticut, it has broad applications for our WV Schools.


Food Scrap Contract – For sharing food waste from the kitchen with local farms.  Thanks to David Seay and Fayette County Schools.


One thought on “General Resources

  1. I love these resources, but would like more of them, maybe organized under different headings, with shorter descriptions. For example, it is not important to say the Kentucky Farm to School Task Force handbook is for those “interested in feeding Kentucky food to Kentucky kids in Kentucky schools,” though I like that line. I’d rather just have a bulleted list of some of the good information within the link that I made need (i.e. – overall handbook for Farm to School program – good information on pitching the program to skeptics).

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