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.

Teacher Resources

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: 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.