About Our School Garden Program:
Students and teachers grow food in over 25 school gardens throughout Bridgeport.
GVI supports Bridgeport’s school gardens by:
providing resources such as soil, seedlings, crop plans, and lesson plans;
conducting School Garden Professional Development Days for teachers;
hosting experiential learning field trips at Reservoir Community Farm; and
helping active school gardens with annual clean ups.
Once a school identifies their School Garden Champion, we will communicate directly with the Garden Champion to distribute resources, communicate upcoming skill building opportunities, schedule field trips, and provide one-on-one technical assistance when possible.
We can bring gardening back into Bridgeport culture through young students who will carry the practice into their families. To allow your garden grow to its fullest potential, we will work with your school’s Garden Champion to encourage productive use of plots.
School Garden Lesson Plans:
We have School Garden Lesson Plans and books!
We have worked with Sacred Heart University to create Bridgeport-based Lesson Plans for our school garden network. The School Garden Lesson Plans follow Bridgeport public schools learning objectives for Kindergarten through 6th grade, You can access the Lesson Plans through the link below. They are organized into 1 folder per grade.
We have purchased all of the books needed for teachers to use the School Garden Lesson Plans.If you would like to borrow one of our books to fulfill a lesson plan, please send an email to Farron, our Garden Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 203-612-4107. Please let Farron know what school you represent, the Book Title and Author you are interested in, and your contact info.