Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist

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<ul><li><p>8/9/2019 Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist</p><p> 1/5</p><p>Part 3</p><p>A . School Gardening Program Checkl ist</p><p>B . School and Desert Gardening References</p><p>C. Seed and Other Suppl iers</p><p>D . Educational and Technical Assistance</p><p>E . Grants and Funding Sources</p><p>F. Plan t i ng Calendar s</p><p>G. Diagnosing Plant Problems</p><p>Appendices</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist</p><p> 2/5</p><p>k Appendix A</p><p>Ga rden Program Ma nage ment</p><p>Develop a School Gardening Proposal</p><p>t Identify potential site(s)</p><p>t Discuss program objectives</p><p>t Identify leaders and participants</p><p>t Outline program requirements (activities, training, tools, supplies),both start-up and ongoing</p><p>t Prepare a budget</p><p>t Identify potential donors for both skilled labor and materials</p><p>Form a Garde ning Committee</p><p>t Include faculty, parents, administrators and students</p><p>t Include members with a variety of skills, not just gardening</p><p>t Develop a vision of what the garden and the garden program willbe in five years</p><p>t Establish program goals and a budget for the year</p><p>t Decide who participates and how</p><p>t Ensure garden operational needs (watering, weeding, feeding, class</p><p>scheduling, tool and system repair) are mett Create an annual program to provide focus for class activities,</p><p>fund raising and special events</p><p>t Establish rules of garden etiquette and behavior management</p><p>t Enlist and train classroom volunteers</p><p>t Write grants and conduct fund raising</p><p>t Secure garden supplies</p><p>School Gardening Program Checklist</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist</p><p> 3/5</p><p>uc c ess c o o a r ens</p><p>Cultivate Administration and Community Support</p><p>t Make the garden a showcase; keep it neat, attractive andinteresting</p><p>t Know the garden program and discuss it with enthusiasm</p><p>t Keep your administrator and sponsors well-informed</p><p>t Invite district personnel and local media to garden events</p><p>t Include the maintenance staff</p><p>t Credit sponsors in the school newsletter and on signs in the garden</p><p>t Include the garden in the schools annual report and use it as apromotional tool</p><p>t Know your organizations tax status for donors</p><p>t Provide awards or recognition for your volunteers</p><p>Ga rde n Start-up and Ma intenance</p><p>Select a Site that has:</p><p>t Full sunlight (prefer morning to mid-afternoon) for 6-8 hoursminimum daily</p><p>t Good drainage (Test by digging a hole and filling it with water.After it drains, refill. It should drain at least one inch per hour.)</p><p>t Level ground</p><p>t Healthy, workable soil (Review history of property to identifyany potential contaminants. Conduct soil test if necessary. Lotsof weeds or grass is a sign, at least, of adequate soil.)</p><p>t Easy access to water</p><p>t Easy access for classrooms</p><p>t A highly visible location to showcase program and minimize</p><p>potential for vandalism. However, avoid sites that have beenused previously as high-traffic areas.</p><p>t A nearby shady area for group discussion and work</p><p>t Long-term potential as the garden site (Review future plans forschool grounds to ensure at least a three-year commitment togarden location.)</p><p>t Potential for expansion as the project grows</p><p>t Existing schoolyard fencing around perimeter</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist</p><p> 4/5</p><p>c oo ar en ng rogram ec s</p><p>Design a nd Develop the Site</p><p>t Think small, beautiful and manageable for first attempt</p><p>t Clean the site of debris</p><p>t Remove weeds and kill grass</p><p>t Design garden on paper</p><p>t Lay out planting beds and walkways</p><p>t Prepare soil</p><p>t Install watering system</p><p>t Add other improvements (fencing, compost bin/heap, tool shed)as time and funding permit</p><p>Planting Time</p><p>t Check the Planting Calendars (Appendix F) to learn what to plantwhen</p><p>t Prepare soil 2-3 weeks before planting by working in organic</p><p>matter, soil amendments and fertilizerst Time your plantings so that you can harvest while school is in</p><p>session, avoiding the hottest months</p><p>t Create shade and conserve space by trellising plants</p><p>t Consider using taller plants for shade and natural trellises</p><p>t Group plants with similar water, fertilizer or light needs</p><p>t Mark or record what and where you planted</p><p>t Mulch to minimize evaporation and weeds</p><p>t Use deep watering techniques</p><p>t Check your garden often for weeds, over- or underwatering, insect</p><p>or other problems, and to capture your successest Keep records to help determine what worked and what didnt to</p><p>help plan the next season</p><p>t Compost your weeds, grass clippings and cafeteria peelings</p><p>t Consider expanding to cut flowers and other specialty gardeningas your confidence builds</p><p>t Relax and enjoy. Gardening is therapeutic!</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Success with School Gardens: Appendix A - School Gardening Program Checklist</p><p> 5/5</p><p>uc c ess c oo a r ens</p><p>Weathering the Summer</p><p>t Consider R&amp;R (rest and rejuvenation) for the garden by leavingit fallow or planting a soil-building cover crop</p><p>t Handle pests (weeds, disease or nematodes) by solarizing soilunder plastic for several weeks</p><p>t Schedule staff, parent or student volunteers to water, weed andcare for garden if still in production</p><p>t Have summer school, recreation program, maintenance staff orother volunteers adopt garden</p><p>t Use plants that withstand the summer heat and that can beharvested when school resumes</p></li></ul>