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Sowing the Seeds of Success

Sowing the Seeds of Success provides background information along with downloadable program development exercises to engage you and your team.

Designed in partnership with the American Horticultural Society, Sowing the Seeds of Success is designed to walk you through the organizational aspects of a gardening program. Find tools to help start, sustain, expand, and reflect on your program. Teachers, parents, community leaders, horticulturists, Master Gardeners, youth leaders, and other interested adults will find the process a useful tool. In fact, this same process can be useful for just about any community project.

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  • Planning & Organizing: Documents and resources to help you plan, establish, grow and manage your garden project. Topics include establishing partnerships, effective youth engagement, working with volunteers and sustaining the garden project.
  • Fundraising & Promotion: Regardless of the scope or audience of your garden project, it’s likely you will have to raise funds or secure donations. Topics include grassroots fundraising, applying for grants, and researching funding opportunities. You’ll also find example brochures, letters, and press releases to help you spread the word about your program.
  • Evaluation Toolkit: Easy-to-use guidance for program improvement and documentation. The materials are designed for educators with minimum experience with evaluation.