School Gardens

School gardens provide many hands-on learning opportunities for students. Get tips, tools and resources for starting, maintaining or expanding your school garden in the BVSD Garden As A Classroom Manual. 

Why School Gardens?​

Students who were exposed to a garden:

  • Increased fruit and vegetable consumption by up to 1.5 servings per day (Duncan et al, Coventry University, 2015).
  • Decreased BMI by 1% and diastolic blood pressure by 5%, and demonstrated less weight gain (Davis et al,  USC, 2011).
  • Exhibited a 50% increase in the average number of vegetables they chose from the lunch line and 43% increase in the average number of vegetables they ate(Parmer et al, Auburn University, 2009).
  • Significantly increased the average number of vegetable varieties they consumed each month, including those they didn't grow (Ratcliffe et al, Tufts University, 2011).

​Garden Resources for BVSD Schools

Garden as a Classroom Lesson Plans - These lesson plans were created by BVSD teachers and aligned to grade specific common core standards. 

Complete lesson plans may be accessed by visiting Schoology and joining the Garden as a Classroom class with access code 7243M-Q8GCS.

Seed Bank - Get free seeds to grow your school garden.

Garden as a Classroom - PK-12 teachers register for this annual workshop and learn how to utilize, create or maintain your school garden and integrate garden concepts and learning into your academic curriculum. BVSD Teachers may earn 0.5 salary credits upon completion of this class.  You may register on MyPassport, keyword "Garden". To learn more, please contact Laura Smith at
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​Pollinator Resources

"Animal and insect pollinators are essential to pollination in over 75% of the world’s flowering plants, which includes roughly 35 percent of the world’s crops. Animal and insect pollinators include bees, moths, flies, bats, birds, ants, butterflies, wasps and beetles. Some of these pollinator species have declined in numbers, become endangered or even gone extinct due to the loss of natural food supplies and habitat." - Applewood Seed Co.

To learn more about pollinator conservation and how you can help, please check out these resources:

Go Bee Friendly

Plants to Grow for a Bee-Friendly Garden

​​"Our school garden brings fresh picked produce right to their lunch trays! It is an opportunity for them to plant, harvest and enjoy the work of their own hands."  Alison Adams, Kindergarten Teacher, Monarch K-8​​