“Garden-to-Tray” Resources

Your school or personal garden is probably frosted over right now—hello, record-setting cold snap—and any thoughts of gardening have been replaced by thoughts of plowing snow. But gardening season and warmer temperatures will be here before you know it, and anyone with a green thumb knows it is never too early to plan for spring and summer gardening.

In February’s edition of School Nutrition, the Food Focus article, “Growing Garden-to-Tray Opportunities,” written by Kelsey Casselbury, explores how to overcome common obstacles with school gardens and how to utilize the resultant harvest.

For those interested in starting a school garden, or for those who need a little extra support, there is a plethora of resources and grant opportunities available on the topic.

Informational Resources

Grant Opportunities

  • Annie’s Grants for Gardens
  • Big Green Learning Gardens
  • Captain Planet Foundation ecoTECH & ecoSOLUTION Grants
  • Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Garden Grants
  • The Herb Society of America Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
  • KidsGardening Youth Garden, Budding Botanist & Carton 2 Garden Grants
  • Nature Works Everywhere Grant
  • $eedMoney Challenge & Merit Grants
  • USDA Food and Nutrition Services Farm to School Grant
  • So now you have a successful garden, overflowing with zest and delicious produce. Now what? Read the recipes in the Food Focus article and bookmark the Bonus Web Content recipes available this month to get yourself excited for that seasonal bounty. From an Asian-inspired dip to a vegetarian Mediterranean pita sandwich, these recipes showcase the wonderful flavors of fresh produce and are perfect for school cafeterias. 

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