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How it works

We visit schools on a weekly basis to assist with instruction and lead after-school activities. We help students take care of their own garden from seed to table, so that they learn the entire process of how food is grown.

We assist schools with Chicago's  “Eat What You Grow" program, helping schools follow food safety guidelines and precautions to ensure that food from the garden is safe to eat. Students are free to taste the produce they grow, and garden produce is often sent home with families or incorporated into the school cafeteria menu.

Costs for our program are covered through the school budget, grants and private donations. Contact us to learn more.

Our program

Our program

Our goal is to complement and strengthen existing school curriculum through garden education for grades pre-K through 12. Lesson plans and activities include hands-on gardening lessons, discussions, arts and crafts and games centered around nutrition, community and environmental stewardship.

 As each school has its own goals, needs and priorities, we work closely with teachers and school staff to tailor our curriculum accordingly

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Testimonials

“Omar...completes all of his work diligently so that he can go to the garden and get his hands dirty and check on ‘his’ plants.”

“Gardeneers has been a wonderful asset to our school environment we started one year ago with no garden and a few short months later we have not only a beautiful garden but also healthy homegrown food in our cafeteria and in the bellies of our scholars.

Each week, our scholars look forward going out to the garden not only for learning about science but also to build strong relationships with positive adults. One scholar named, Omar, struggles in school and since participating in the gardeneers program he arrives at school each Tuesday and completes all of his work diligently so that he can go to the garden and get his hand dirty and check on “his” plants. We are so grateful to gardeners for providing our school with wonderful common core aligned lessons, incredibly positive and knowledgeable adults, and organically grown food and nutrition education for our scholars. Thanks!"

Lauren K., Dean

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“Our students just need to be given the opportunities and they will thrive any other.”

"Our students just need to be given the opportunities and they will thrive any other. The participants now know that learning does not have to take place only in a seat with a book. I received inquiries from many other students about becoming involved next year. It was gratifying for me to see our students take on voluntarily the responsibilities of good old fashioned hard work. They also now know that cooking healthy food is not so difficult. Thank you."

Monte S., Teacher

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“I am very impressed with the knowledge, passion, and professionalism of the entire Gardeneers team.”

“This was our schools first time planting, harvesting and eating something that they had grown. It was a wonderful experience for my students and myself. The Gardeneers was very patient and understanding with the general education students and our diverse learners and the Gardeneers provided information and insight that one cannot get from the textbook. We were and still are happy to be chosen by the Garndeneers. Look forward to next year. Gardeneers has build upon several Science units like soi erosion and our core values like Citizenship, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety. Overall, students have gained a greater sense of community and respect for living things. I am very impressed with the knowledge, passion, and professionalism of the entire Gardeneers team. The Gardeneers have helped make our school and surrounding a community a better place to live and learn. Thank you!”

Wayne W., Principal