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Farm to Cafeteria Initiatives: Connections with the Tribal Food Sovereignty Movement
A report written by Emily Dwyer with support from Winona LaDuke and Kyra Busch and the National Farm to School Network.
Free download at:

National Farm to School Network
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA |

Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education, by Gregory Cajete
Full text available at:

Arizona Gardens for Learning: A comprehensive guide developed by experts to be a must-have resource for anyone enhancing learning through school gardens and other community settings.
Download the Arizona School Gardens Resource Guide free at the link below.

Nutrition to Grow On: A garden-enhanced nutrition education curriculum for upper elementary school children. California Department of Education
Download the Nutrition to Grow On curriculum free at the link below.

Resources for Educators

Almeras, B. G. and D. Heath. 200 I. Access Nature. National Wildlife Federation.

Appelhof, M., M. F. Fenton, and B. L. Harris. 1993. Worms Eat Our Garbage. Kalamazoo, MI: Flower Press.

Bales, S. F. 1996. Ready, Set, Grow: A guide to Gardening with Children. New York: Macmililian USA.

Broda, H. W. 2011. Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Broda, H. W. 2007. Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Bucklin-Sporer, A. and R. K. Pringle. 2010. How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Portland, OR: Timber Press. Inc. (This is a great resource with practical ideas for designing and planning a school garden and lesson ideas.)

California School Garden Network. 2006. Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining your School Garden. Irvine, CA: California School Garden Network.

Carlson, L. 1995. Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.

Clary, R. and J. Wandersee. 2011. Our human-plant connection. NSTA Science Scope 34 (8): 32-37.

Coleman, E. 2009. The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-round Vegetable Production Using Deep-organic Techniques & Unheated Greenhouses. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Pub.

Coblyn, S. 2001. French Fries and the Food System: A Year-Round Curriculum Connecting Youth with Farming and Food. Lincoln, MA: The Food Project.

Danks, S. G. 20 I O. Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Oakland, CA: New Village Press.

Dennee, J., J. Peduzzi, and J. Hand. 1996. In the Three Sisters Garden: Native American stories and seasonal activities for the curious child. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Ezrahti, T. 2000. Garden Detectives: A Guide to Using Your Powers of Observation to Solve the Mystery of Creating a Healthy Garden. Santa Barbara, CA. Community Environmental Council.

Farenga, S., and D. Ness. 2010. Going locavore: teaching students about the benefits of food produced locally. NSTA Science Scope 33 (5): 52-56.

Grant, T. 2001. Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning. Toronto, ON: Green Teacher Magazine.

Jabbour, N. 2011. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year No Matter Where You Live. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Jaffe, R. and G. Appel. 2007. The Growing Classroom: Garden-Based Science. South Burlington, VT: National Gardening Association.

Junior Master Gardener. 1999-2005. Junior Master Gardener Series. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Jurenka, N. A. and R .J. Blass. 1996. Beyond the Bean Seed: Gardening Activities for Grades K-6. Englewood, CO: Teacher Ideas Press.

Kiefer, J. and M. Kemple. 1998. Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens into School & Communities. Common Roots Press.

Kite, P. L. 1995. Gardening Wizardry for Kids: Green Thumb Magic for the Great Indoors. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's.

Kneidel, S. 1997. Slugs, Bugs, and Salamanders: Discovering Animals in Your Garden. Fulcrum Kids Press.

Lightbody, M. 2011. What's so special about plants? Inquiry in the classroom. NSTA Science Scope 34 (8): 50-55.

Lord, T. R. and H. J. Travis. 2011. School Yard Science: 101 Easy and Inexpensive Activities. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. (Contains a chapter specifically related to schoolyard gardens and nature areas, Chapter 6, pages 49-63).

Lovejoy, S. 1999. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Activities to do in the Garden. New York: Workman Publishing.

Mannes, J. 2000. Seeds of Change: Learning from the Garden. Dale Seymour Publications.

Masabni, J. G. Vegetable Gardening in Containers. AgriLIFE Extension, Texas A&M System.

Mayer-Smith, J. and L. Peterat, eds. 2010. Get Growing! Activities for Food and Garden Learning. Canada: Really Small Vernon Press.

Patten, E. and K. Lyons. 2003. Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils: A Hands-on Resource for Educators. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers.

Paye, G. D. 2000. Cultural Uses of Plants: A Guide to Learning about Ethnobotany. Bronx, NY: The New York Botanical Garden Press.

Pranis, E. and J. Cohen. 2002. GrowLab: Activities for Growing Minds. Burlington, VT: National Gardening Association.

Pranis, E. and A. Gifford. 2002. Schoolyard Mosaics: Designing Gardens and Habitats. Burlington, VT: National Gardening Association.

Pranis, E. and J. Hale. 1999. GrowLab: A Complete Guide to Gardening in the Classroom. Burlington. VT: National Gardening Association.

Rich, S. 2012. Bringing Outdoor Science In: Thrifty Classroom Lessons. Arlington. VA: NSTA Press. (Contains a chapter on plants and on rocks and soils.)

Stone, M. K. and Center for Ecoliteracy. 2009. Smart by Nature: Schooling far Sustainability. Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media.

Texas Agricultural Extension Service. 1999. Junior Master Gardener Teacher/Leader Guide. College Station, TX: Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

University of Minnesota. Schoolyard Ecology Explorations: An Inquiry Based Curriculum. St. Paul, MN: Monarchs in the Classroom.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Spring 2011. Reusing Potentially Contaminated Landscapes: Growing Gardens in Urban Soils. Retrieved March 9, 2012 from (Contains information on gardening in urban environments with a specific focus on soil contaminants.)

Waters, A. 2008. Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC.

White, J., K. Barret, J. Kopp, C. Manoux, K. Johnson, and Y. McCullough. 2006. Math in the Garden: Hands-On Activities that Bring Math to Life. Berkley, CA: University of California and The National Gardening Association.

Books for Adults and Older Students
Eaton, E. R. 2007. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Evans, A. V. 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America. New York: Sterling Publishing.

Kingsbury, N. 2009. Hybrid: The History & Science of Plant Breeding. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Kingsolver, B. 2007. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Laws, B. 2011. Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History. New York: Firefly Books.

Marshall, R. 2006. How to Build Your Own Greenhouse: Designs and Plans to Meet your Growing Needs. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.

Mizejewski, D. 2004. National Wildlife Federation: Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Creative Homeowner.

Pollan, M. 2001. Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. New York: Random House.

Proctor, M., P. Yeo, and A. Lack. 1996. The Natural History of Pollination. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Ruppenthal, R. J. 2008. Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardeners Guide to Year-Round Gardening, Fermenting and Sprouting. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company.

Silvertown, J. 2009. An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Whittingham, J. 2011. Backyard Harvest: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables. New York: DK Publishing.

Books for Children
Aloian, M. and B. Kalman. 2004. The Life Cycle of a Flower. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Arion, Penelope. 2006. Plant (DK Eye Know). Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.

Aston, D. H. and S. Long. 2011. A Butterfly is Patient. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Aston, D. H. and S. Long. 2007. A Seed is Sleepy. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Ayers, P. 2000. A Kid's Guide to How Vegetables Grow. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group's PowerKids Press.

Bjork, C. and L. Anderson. 1988. Linnea's Windowsill Garden. Stockholm: R&S Books.

Blackaby, S. 2003. Buds and Blossoms: A Book About Flowers. Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books.

Brown, P. 2009. The Curious Garden. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Bulloch, I. and D. James. 2000. Watch it Grow. Chanhassen, MN: Two-Can Publishing.

Burnie, D. 1992. Flowers. New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, lnc.

Burnie, D. 2004. Eyewitness Plant. New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.

Capon, B. 1994. Plant Survival: Adapting to a Hostile World. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Cherry, L. 2003. How Groundhog's Garden Grew. New York: The Blue Sky Press.

Creasy, R. 2000. Blue Potatoes. Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow a Rainbow Garden. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books for Children.

Cronin, D. 2003. Diary of a Worm. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.

Dietl, U. 1993. The Plant-and-Grow Project Book. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Ehlert, L. 1989. Eating the Alphabet. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers.

Ehlert, L. 1987. Growing Vegetable Soup. San Diego, CA: Red Wagon Books.

Ehlert, L. 1988. Planting a Rainbow. San Diego, CA: Red Wagon Books.

Fine, E. H. and A. D. Halpin. 2010. Water, Weed, and Wait. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.

Florian, D. 1991. Vegetable Garden. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers.

Fowler, A. 2001. From Seed to Plant. New York: Children's Press.

Garland, S. 2004. Eddie's Garden and How to Make Things Grow. London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books.

Gibbons, G. 1991. From Seed to Plant. New York: Holiday House.

Gibbons, G. 1984. The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Company.

Hardesty, C. 2000. Grow your Own Pizza! Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.

Heller, R. 1983. The Reason for a Flower. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.

Homerman, M. A. 2004. Whose Garden Is It? San Diego, CA: Gulliver Books, Harcourt, Inc.

Kuchalla, S. 1982. Now I Know All About Seeds. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates.

Leahy, C. 1987. Peterson First Guides: Insects. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Lerner, C. 2002. Butterflies in the Garden. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Moncure, J. B. 1990. How Seeds Travel: Popguns and Parachutes. Chicago, IL: Children’s Press.

Muller, G. 1988. The Garden in the City. New York: Dutton Children's Books.

Raferty, K. and K. G. Raferty. 1989.·Kids Gardening: A Kids' Guide to Messing Around in the Dirt. Palo Alto, CA: Klutz Press.

Richards, H. and A. Hariton. 2002. A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.

Rockwell, A. 1998. One Bean. New York: Walker and Company.

Roemer, H. B. 2006. What Kinds of Seeds Are These? Minnetonka, MN: NorthWord Books for Young Readers.

Schotter, R. 1993. A Fruit & Vegetable Man. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company.

Stewart, S. 1997. The Gardener. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Thomson, R. 2009. Learning About Life Cycles: The Life Cycle of a Rose. New York: PowerKids Press.

Udry, J. M. 1984. A Tree is Nice. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Willing, K. B. and S. Morse. 1996. Cotton Now & Then: Fabric-Making from Boll to Bolt. Now & Then Publications.

Gardening for Adults and Children with Developmental Differences and Horticultural Therapy

Adil, J. R. 1994. Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools and Plants. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

Bruce, H. 1999. Gardens for the Senses: Gardening as Therapy. Rio Rancho, NM: Petals & Pages Press.

Flagler, J. and R. P. Poincelot, eds. 1994. People-Plant Relationships: Setting Research Priorities. New York: Food Products Press.

Marcus, C. C. and M. Barnes. 1995. Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: Uses, Therapeutic Benefits, and Design Recommendations. Martinez, CA: Center for Health Design.

Moore, B. 1989. Growing with Gardening: A Twelve-Month Guide for Therapy, Recreation, and Education. Chapel Hill. NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Relf, D. ed. 1992. The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-Being and Social Development. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Rothert, G. 1994. The Enabling Garden: Creating Barrier-Free Gardens. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co.

Simson, S. P. and M. Straus, eds. 1998. Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practices. New York: Haworth Press, Inc.

Stine, S. 1997. Landscapes for Learning. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Wells, S. E. with American Horticultural Therapy Association and Friends Organization, eds. 1997. Horticultural Therapy and the Older Adult Population. New York: Haworth Press, Inc.

Woy, J. 1997. Accessible Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Seniors and the Disabled. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Yeomans, K. 1992. The Able Gardener: Overcoming Barriers of Age and Physical Limitations. Pownal, VT: Storey Communications.

"Top 40 Books of the Last 100 Years"*
Anderson, J. S. and E. Johns. 1999. Sunflower Sal. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company.

Anholt, L. 1994. Camille and the Sunflowers. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series.

Bjork, C. and L. Anderson. 1985. Unnea in Monet's Garden. New York: R&S Books.

Bunting, E. and K. Hewitt. 1996. Sunflower House. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Company.

Burnett, F. H. and M. Collier 1911. The Secret Gorden. US: Frederick A. Stokes.

Cooney, B. 1982. Miss. Rumphius. New York: The Viking Press.

Coy, J. 2003. Two Old Potatoes and Me. New York: Random House.

French, V. 1995. Oliver's Vegetables. New York: Orchard Books.

Geisel, T. S. 1971. The Lorax. New York: Random House.