WSGN started out as the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative (WSGI) of Community GroundWorks in partnership with many state and non-profit actors. They aim to strengthen youth gardens by building a network among garden educators in Wisconsin and directly supporting gardens in various educational institutions. The ultimate goal is to improve health of Wisconsin children. Since April 2016 WSGI continues their efforts as the Wisconsin School Garden Network. The Network is engaged in increasing the number of school gardens, raise access of kids to healthy food and physical outdoor activities, as well as support research on the effects of garden-based education.
· Free training for garden educators and teachers
· Technical support (garden-based curriculum, toolkits for garden implementation, books)
· Guidance documents
· List of grant opportunities
· Exchange of stories
· Map of School Gardens throughout Wisconsin
· Briefing notes
SGGN aims to raise awareness and provides resources for those who already have a garden and those who are planning to get one, to help children develop the “sills, knowledge and attitudes (they) will need to make them active global citizens, best prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century.” SGGN structures resources into the following eight themes to link school gardens with global issues: growing skills, MDGs, Food Security, Food Culture, Trade Justice, Climate Change, Earth Stewardship, Sustainable Living. The Schools Global Gardens Network is coordinated by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and funded
by the Department for International Development (DFID).
• Publish teaching material
• Devises continuous professional development (CPD) courses for teachers
• Promotes introduction of school gardens into Initial Teacher Education
• Creates gardens
• Practice guides for international school garden partnerships
Red de huertos escolares is an international group composed of individuals and projects that want to foster the use of school gardens as a learning space for critical thinking, creativity, health and good nutrition as well as to reconnect humans with nature. Public as well as private schools in Mexico are part of the network, complemented by civil society actors and academics. Red de heuertos escolares is supported of Life Lab and the Edible Schoolyared project.
Red de huertos escolares offers:
• Teaching material
• Featured vegetables for school gardens
• Events to inform about and advance the establishment of school gardens
Life Lab is an award-winning NGO based in California, USA, with a 35 year history in outdoor teaching and a vast range of resources and activities, stretching from consultation services to education material to a live webcam in one of their garden’s chicken cage.
Life Lab offers:
• Consultation service for school garden program development
• Webinars and workshops for teacher training
• School field trips
• Curricula, online lessons, and activity guides
• Monterey Bay Science Project (brings together K-12, college, and university faculty in various institutes, conferences and programs)
• Resources in Spanish
• Education material (e.g. Garden information signs, music, books, videos)
• Internship-, training- and volunteer opportunities in the field of outdoor education
Countryside Classroom is built on the combined experience of its partners in working with children and schools to enhance learning about food, farming and the natural environment. It is led by and produced for teachers, to enable them to overcome the challenges they face in identifying and accessing the necessary support to inspire and educate their pupils.” Countryside Classroom is financed by the Agriculture and horticulture development board (AHDB) and The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and led by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE). Resources cover the themes: Farming, food, grounds and green spaces, natural environment, rural life, and sustainable development.
Countryside Classroom offers:
• Teaching resources (on 17 different subjects)
• Connection between teachers with venues that provide practical outdoor experiences
• Links schools with local services and networks
• Features small articles on events, news and stories
Huertos Escolares Ecológicos is a school garden project covering public primary schools in Andalusia (Spain). Huertos Escolares Ecológicos is supported by the Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional al Desarrollo and coordinated by the Asociación El Enjambre sin Reina, which promotes Environmental Education and Education for Development. It aims to educate about the impact of humans on the environment and to contribute to sustainable decision making in the future.
Huertos Escolares Ecológicos offers:
• Teaching material and guide books
• Collection of videos and audio material
• Picture gallery
• Blog posts
• Experiences from schools
NFSN define themselves as “an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools.” More than 12 000 members and 40 000 schools of all 51 US states are part of the network, which makes up 44% of all schools. The organization is working at various levels from national to the regional level. Efforts are supported by a mix of NGOs, state departments and universities.
• Education material
• Fundraising support
• Teacher trainings
• Weekly news on webinars and events, Research and resources, Jobs and more
• Various other activities depending on implementing partners on the state and regional level