The School Garden Network is a partnership of Athens organizations that have come together to make sure that every school in Athens-Clarke County has a school garden that is accessible to enhance instruction that engages students, staff, families and the community.
KACCB serves as the main contact in this effort by maintaining a central database of school gardens projects and connecting local schools with community resources to build, teach in, and maintain gardens sites as outdoor classrooms.
KACCB specifically works to move the focus from short-term garden building projects to a more comprehensive program to locate, use, and maintain existing gardens. To further this focus on sustainability, the School Garden Network provides:
A listserv to connect teachers to garden resources and opportunities
A website to make it easier for teachers to find the help and information they need
A monthly Garden to Desk Newsletter to provide a quick snapshot of how to use the school garden to plant, teach, and eat each month.
A partnership with the school district to locate gardens sustainably on school grounds.
A central calendar to help promote local garden events and opportunities.
A contact point for teachers to find what they need to teach in, maintain, and harvest from their school gardens.
CLICK TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE in the ACC Extension's Shades of Green Newsletter, August 14