Youth Gardens

Youth and school gardens in the U.S. and Canada.

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Welcome to Ithaca Children’s Garden

ITHACA, NEW YORK The mission of the Ithaca Children’s Garden is to inspire, promote, and sustain youth and community stewardship of the natural environment through garden-based learning and discovery.

Children’s Garden in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, IOWA Published May 17, 2013. The City Plaza Children’s Garden was planted on June 8, 2013, as part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Children’s Day events. This downtown garden is the result of collaboration between New Pioneer Co-op and the city of Iowa City. Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for …Read more »

Meet the Woman behind Seattle Youth Garden Works

SEATTLE, WA Seattle Tilth is very proud to be home to Seattle Youth Garden Works, an urban farm training program for underserved young people. Many of these youth are unstably housed or homeless, navigating the juvenile justice system, or facing other incredible challenges. This is their chance to start anew. Watch Suez share her powerful …Read more »

Ketcham Elementary’s Big Dig

WASHINGTON, D.C. The “Big Dig” at Ketcham Elementary School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The national nonprofit REAL School Gardens works with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Hilton Worldwide , D.C. United MAXIMUS Foundation, and American Association of Medical Colleges to build a new learning garden.

Ponca City YMCA Youth Garden

PONCA CITY, OK From Oklahoma State’s “Oklahoma Gardening.” Published 9/26/15. Assistant Extension Specialist Shelly Mitchell travels to Ponca City to see the Ponca City YMCA Youth Garden, a winner in the 2015 Viewers’ Garden Contest. Visit Oklahoma State’s website and Youtube channel for more info.

Tour a REAL School Garden

By the national nonprofit REAL School Gardens.

Washington Youth Garden Trailer

WASHINGTON, D.C. Washington Youth Garden at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC is DC Farm-to-School Approved! DC Greens encourages District teachers to engage their students in farm-based learning. To aid in their search for programs that provide a rich educational experience we have developed an assessment tool – the DC Farm to School Stamp …Read more »

The Family Garden at Johnson Wildflower Center

AUSTIN, TX At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In November 2015, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center received the John Covert Watson Award for Vision from the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin. This short video was produced to show how the center’s new Luci and Ian Family Garden is transforming the center and …Read more »

A Vision in Youth Gardening Leadership: Ground Up Organics

SEATTLE, WA Ground Up Organics is a Seattle-based project of the organization Creatives for Community or C4C. Its focus is on teaching teenagers to be leaders in the green revolution and specifically in urban organic agriculture. This story originally aired on The Seattle Channel program “City Stream.” I filmed and edited it while Penny Legate …Read more »

Master Gardeners Youth Program

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Youth Garden at White Oak Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring, Md. Produced by the Montgomery County County Council.

Columbus Foundation: Highland Youth Garden

COLUMBUS, OHIO Throughout Columbus, impressive community gardens are thriving and bringing people together. These numerous gardens are helping build civic pride and beautify neighborhoods. Inspiring people fill the ranks of community gardeners. One such Columbus resident, Peggy Murphy, started the Highland Youth Garden in the Hilltop area four years ago.

Gardening with Kids

WHEATON, MARYLAND At Brookside Gardens, Ellen Hartranft discusses some fun ideas for getting kids excited about gardening.