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New garden guide helps teachers plant knowledge

Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting a school garden with their students: a garden guide with ideas to build connections between the classroom, school garden and cafeteria.

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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) published Minnesota School Gardens: A Guide to Gardening and Plant Science. The 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the Minnesota Academic Standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.

“With the current popularity of school gardens, we wanted to provide a handy resource not only for establishing a school garden, but to help teachers extend this hands-on experience with student-friendly classroom activities,” said Sue Knott, MAITC education specialist.

“We also hope a positive gardening experience will serve as a launching pad for the further study of how food and agriculture are so important to our quality of life,” she added.

Lesson examples include Plant It, Map It; It all Begins with Soil; A Bug’s Life; What Are We Eating; Food Safety and more.

The free guide is available online, in hard copy or as a flash drive. It can be accessed or ordered at


The publication was developed in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Grown Program.