GRANT OPPORTUNITY: School Garden Coach Pilot Program

CLICK HERE to apply today! The Maine School Garden Network is proud to present a new pilot program to provide TWO $2000 mini grants for paid School Garden Coaches to two schools in Maine, thanks to the generous support of the Sewall Foundation. We are excited to partner with these grant recipients to provide mentorship in this pilot program, while … Read More

Maine Harvest Lunch Week

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SAVE THE DATE: September 19-23, 2016…followed by the Maine School Garden Open House on September 24, 2016! Maine’s annual harvest lunch week promotes fresh, local food in school cafeterias and teaches our children and youth where food comes from – including local farms, gardens and greenhouses. Maine schools have found creative ways to celebrate in the past, including decorating lunch rooms … Read More

School Garden Grown at Local Fairs

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You may have seen these awesome #SCHOOLGARDENGROWN stickers in the exhibition hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair last year, recognizing fresh and true-to-type produce from school gardens around the state. After the awesome success of that pilot program, MSGN is teaming up with Maine Fairs across the state to bring school garden grown recognition to the next level!   … Read More

Reflecting on Maine School Garden Day 2016

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“It was an honor for the Hall School to host the Maine School Garden Day and all the dedicated educators that gave up their Saturday to play with new gardening ideas for their garden programs. It was a wonderful day!”– Mary Dunn, 5th Grade Teacher and Garden Leader at the Albert S. Hall SchoolWe couldn’t have said it better.You can … Read More

Garden Grants

There are lots of opportunities out there for funding your garden program. Check out these grantors for possible grants available locally and nationally.  If you find that any of these are outdated, or if you hear of others that could be useful to list on here, please let us know: LOCAL GRANTORS:  Seedmoney – due early November NRCM (for Middle … Read More


Fundraising for Success. Vermont Community Garden Network provides garden fundraising tips and planning advice.How to Handle Money. Tips on securing a bank account for your garden program and a fiscal sponsor.Annie’s Garden This is an online charity where public school teachers can post a classroom project to the website. Funds requested must be for material goods that the organization … Read More

Why School Gardens?

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Why make the effort to have a garden project at your school?School gardens are the ultimate hands-on, interactive, kinesthetic, multisensory, holistic curriculum unit!Gardening enriches every subject area, from art to social studies, including special ed classes.Students who participate in garden projects at their school show increased academic performance.Children who learn to grow their own food make healthier choices about what … Read More

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