School Gardens

What We Do

Healthy Communities Coalition partners with Lyon County School District to facilitate School Gardens at six elementary and middle schools throughout the Lyon County.

The school gardens serve as an extension of the classroom, providing an experiential learning site for STEM, service learning and other subjects. Additionally, the gardens allow students to build healthy eating habits by giving them the opportunity to grow and taste their own fresh produce and help them develop “soft skills” like teamwork and cooperation.

We work closely with schools that have garden infrastructure in place to strengthen and build sustainability into their programs. This is accomplished by facilitating “teaching teams” at each school site; providing learning opportunities for teachers through conferences and workshops; and working with school administration to implement strategies to increase family and community participation. We also help to build systems for getting farm fresh food into the school cafeterias.  

Healthy Communities also provides internship opportunities for students who demonstrate leadership and aptitude for gardening and provides them with stipends to work in the gardens during the summer months.

What You Can Do?

Assist us in providing support for the school gardens by becoming a School Garden Champion! Champions serve as mentors and instructors in a variety of capacities in our program, including working with youth in the school gardens and with community garden participants, and serving as instructors for food demonstrations in the food pantries.

Because a considerable amount of work and time goes into planning, preparation and delivery of service and we value your expertise, honorariums may be provided to stoke enthusiasm for contributing to improving the health of our community. Subject matter experts, such as farmers, Master Gardeners, dieticians, arborists, apiarists, entomologists, and others who can provide mentorship and instruction to teachers and students are encouraged to participate! This is an incredible opportunity to share your skills and expertise with teachers and students and grow the next generation of agricultural producers.

Contact tamara@hcclsc.org for more information on how you can get on board!

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