Once a Learning Garden is installed, we pair the school with a Garden Educator for training, questions, garden skills development, and modeling effective instruction and behavior management in the garden. Schools have access to resources and services under our two programmatic initiatives:
Big Green’s Edible Garden Initiative ensures that the school’s Learning Garden has fresh fruits and vegetables and that they enjoy harvests from at least two growing seasons each year. We employ a wide range of services and interventions to teach teachers to plant, grow, harvest, and consume their Learning Garden produce with their students.
Through our Edible Garden Initiative Big Green provides:
Gardening materials, tools, and instruction, including seeds and seedlings, a personalized annual growing plan, and a comprehensive Learning Garden manual.
Trainings, workshops, and demonstrations to ensure that teachers have the skills to maintain a thriving garden and are confident in their abilities to work with students in the Learning Garden.
Direct support to each school, participating in Garden Team meetings, helping with maintenance, and being readily available to discuss their questions and big ideas.
Our Garden-Based Education Initiative further integrates the Learning Garden into the school day, leveraging its unique suitability as a tool for hands-on, experiential learning and multi-subject instruction. We support teachers in using the Learning Garden to bolster their existing curricular priorities and goals, as well as using it to deliver our proprietary curriculum. Big Green’s Garden-Based Education Initiative provides schools with access to:
Garden Bites, our nutrition and health curriculum for Learning Garden students, co-authored with our partner Common Threads, inviting elementary and middle school students to dig into real food through 15 standards-aligned, hands-on nutrition and health lessons with corresponding gardening and cooking education lessons.
Real Food Lab, providing high school students with a unique opportunity to build real-world skills and explore entrepreneurial concepts through the lens of real food. This curriculum, co-authored with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, gives students the chance to use the Learning Garden as a bridge to connect concepts taught in the classroom with the business skills needed to launch socially responsible real food school businesses.
Our website, and academic consultation support through our Garden Educators, containing a library of resources for teaching a wide variety of subject matter in the Learning Garden, including lessons, activities, and guidance on national and state standards alignment.