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

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    Part 3

    A . School Gardening Program Checkl ist

    B . School and Desert Gardening References

    C. Seed and Other Suppl iers

    D . Educational and Technical Assistance

    E . Grants and Funding Sources

    F. Plan t i ng Calendar s

    G. Diagnosing Plant Problems

    Appendices

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    k Appendix A

    Ga rden Program Ma nage ment

    Develop a School Gardening Proposal

    t Identify potential site(s)

    t Discuss program objectives

    t Identify leaders and participants

    t Outline program requirements (activities, training, tools, supplies),both start-up and ongoing

    t Prepare a budget

    t Identify potential donors for both skilled labor and materials

    Form a Garde ning Committee

    t Include faculty, parents, administrators and students

    t Include members with a variety of skills, not just gardening

    t Develop a vision of what the garden and the garden program willbe in five years

    t Establish program goals and a budget for the year

    t Decide who participates and how

    t Ensure garden operational needs (watering, weeding, feeding, class

    scheduling, tool and system repair) are mett Create an annual program to provide focus for class activities,

    fund raising and special events

    t Establish rules of garden etiquette and behavior management

    t Enlist and train classroom volunteers

    t Write grants and conduct fund raising

    t Secure garden supplies

    School Gardening Program Checklist

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    uc c ess c o o a r ens

    Cultivate Administration and Community Support

    t Make the garden a showcase; keep it neat, attractive andinteresting

    t Know the garden program and discuss it with enthusiasm

    t Keep your administrator and sponsors well-informed

    t Invite district personnel and local media to garden events

    t Include the maintenance staff

    t Credit sponsors in the school newsletter and on signs in the garden

    t Include the garden in the schools annual report and use it as apromotional tool

    t Know your organizations tax status for donors

    t Provide awards or recognition for your volunteers

    Ga rde n Start-up and Ma intenance

    Select a Site that has:

    t Full sunlight (prefer morning to mid-afternoon) for 6-8 hoursminimum daily

    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.)

    t Level ground

    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.)

    t Easy access to water

    t Easy access for classrooms

    t A highly visible location to showcase program and minimize

    potential for vandalism. However, avoid sites that have beenused previously as high-traffic areas.

    t A nearby shady area for group discussion and work

    t Long-term potential as the garden site (Review future plans forschool grounds to ensure at least a three-year commitment togarden location.)

    t Potential for expansion as the project grows

    t Existing schoolyard fencing around perimeter

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    c oo ar en ng rogram ec s

    Design a nd Develop the Site

    t Think small, beautiful and manageable for first attempt

    t Clean the site of debris

    t Remove weeds and kill grass

    t Design garden on paper

    t Lay out planting beds and walkways

    t Prepare soil

    t Install watering system

    t Add other improvements (fencing, compost bin/heap, tool shed)as time and funding permit

    Planting Time

    t Check the Planting Calendars (Appendix F) to learn what to plantwhen

    t Prepare soil 2-3 weeks before planting by working in organic

    matter, soil amendments and fertilizerst Time your plantings so that you can harvest while school is in

    session, avoiding the hottest months

    t Create shade and conserve space by trellising plants

    t Consider using taller plants for shade and natural trellises

    t Group plants with similar water, fertilizer or light needs

    t Mark or record what and where you planted

    t Mulch to minimize evaporation and weeds

    t Use deep watering techniques

    t Check your garden often for weeds, over- or underwatering, insect

    or other problems, and to capture your successest Keep records to help determine what worked and what didnt to

    help plan the next season

    t Compost your weeds, grass clippings and cafeteria peelings

    t Consider expanding to cut flowers and other specialty gardeningas your confidence builds

    t Relax and enjoy. Gardening is therapeutic!

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    Weathering the Summer

    t Consider R&R (rest and rejuvenation) for the garden by leavingit fallow or planting a soil-building cover crop

    t Handle pests (weeds, disease or nematodes) by solarizing soilunder plastic for several weeks

    t Schedule staff, parent or student volunteers to water, weed andcare for garden if still in production

    t Have summer school, recreation program, maintenance staff orother volunteers adopt garden

    t Use plants that withstand the summer heat and that can beharvested when school resumes