Photo by Garden City Harvest Staff
School gardens offer teachers and students a place to connect the food they eat with the land under their feet.
Food grown in a school garden can be used in cooking projects or as a part of a school lunch program. Teachers can take students outside the classroom while staying on site to learn about math, science, art, ecology, cooperation, and more.
Garden City Harvest’s Farm to School Program offers Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) help in creating a school garden to use as an outdoor classroom. This includes help with planning and building a new school garden, school garden curriculum linked to Montana and MCPS standards, educational programs in the garden in the spring and fall, and maintenance support throughout the growing season.
Curriculum written by our Farm to School team (by grade level!), recipes, and links to great organizations and resources across the country. MORE
Want more information?
Contact our Farm to School Director: Jason@gardencityharvest.org or 406-239-5524.
Garden City Harvest supported school gardens
Chief Charlo Outdoor Learning Center- installed in 2012 and expanded in the spring of 2015
Franklin Outdoor Learning Center- installed in the fall of 2013
Hawthorne Outdoor Learning Center- installed in the spring of 2014
Lowell Outdoor Learning Center- installed in the spring of 2009 and expanded in the spring of 2013
Paxson Outdoor Learning Center– installed in the spring of 2011
Rattlesnake Outdoor Learning Center- installed in 2010 and Garden City Harvest has been a partner since the spring of 2015
Meadow Hill Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom- installed in 2005
Willard Alternative High School Garden- installed in 2009
Missoula County Public Schools Central Kitchen Production Garden began in 2013 and is a partnership project between MCPS, Garden City Harvest, and FoodCorps. The garden has 16 raised beds that produced over 1,200 pounds of fruits and vegetables last season that were used directly in the school meals program! To learn more visit MCPS Food & Nutrition Services Farm to School Page.