I'm hatching a scheme. Maybe you guys can help? I'm thinking about starting a school garden at Oscar's elementary school. I think it would be so fun for the kids to plant and harvest a raised bed or two of herbs and vegetables. In my mind it's so easy, just some wood and dirt and seeds and kids having a great time learning that food doesn't have to come from the back of a truck. But then there's the flip side of my little daydream, reality. Dealing with school bureacracy, lack of support, no example to follow because no other school in district has a garden yet, no budget, watering a garden in the summer when no one is at school, raising and keeping faculty support, creating curriculum, finding and organzing volunteers, and every other hurdle I'm not even aware of yet. So I was wondering if you any of you awesome diy, public school going parents out there might have any advice for me?? Does your school have a garden, how'd it get started, who pays for it, who manages it, what do you grow? I'd be so grateful for any info anyone would have!
I've just started googling school gardening ventures too and I'll leave links to anything good I find in the comments. I did see this, grants from Whole Foods for school gardens. I'm so bummed I didn't think of this last year in time to apply for one of these.