This document lists companies and organizations that provide free and/or discounted seeds for youth garden programs. This list is not specific to any state or region, so you may also want to check with local stores and organizations if you are looking to source seeds for your youth garden program. View Resource »
This comprehensive project (designed for 5th graders) incorporates concepts of plant physiology, companion planting, ecology, history, and ethnobotany. It links to Next Generation Science Standards and is written to span two school years, but concepts could be adapted for shorter lessons. View Resource »
A similar lesson for younger students can be found here.
Want to cook with your Three Sisters harvest? Here’s a recipe!
You don’t need space for a huge garden to give children access to garden-based education! With a small sunny corner or even a larger 12’ x 12’ garden area at your early care and education site, you can create a sunflower garden to have a place of joy and beauty. This resources cover all the basics of starting a sunflower garden with young children, including materials needed and estimated costs as well as tips for involving young children in the garden. Related activities for each age group (infants/toddlers, 2-year olds, and 3 to 5 year olds and school age) are included along with connections to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. This resource is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. View Resource »
There are multiple common ways to save tomato seeds, including fermentation, simple drying, and planned burial in the garden. This guide will walk you through these three methods. As a fun activity, try all three with your students and see which has the best germination rate! View Resource »
From KidsGardening.org, this article will help you save seeds properly so they will yield healthy plants next year. While you can save seeds from just about any plant in your garden, but you may need to pay attention to a couple of factors described here. View Resource »