Our involvement with schools has gained serious momentum and today is a major portion of the garden work we do. Our approach is not just to build and maintain a productive vegetable garden, but to implement sustainable “edible education” programming that connects the classroom to the food growing outdoors. An edible school garden can enhance the teaching of traditional subjects like math, science, and art, as well as some of life’s larger lessons like environmental stewardship and healthy eating habits. We are thrilled to be a part of the edible education movement developing throughout Chicagoland and the nation.
At TOG, we collaborate with the full school community – administrators, teachers, groundskeepers, parents, students – to help bring your ideas to life. We operate as a support network in whatever capacity makes sense for your project throughout the entire process. From brainstorm and design, to crop selection and planting, to lesson planning and instruction, we know what it takes to successfully integrate edible education into your school’s infrastructure. With a team of garden educators trained in both horticulture and curriculum development, we work together to craft programming tailored to your school’s unique vision.
We believe that an edible garden can and should be a part of every school, whether your growing space is urban or suburban, large or small. Learn more about the larger Edible Schoolyard Network, then contact us to get started on your project.
Other Schools we’ve worked with:
Bannockburn Elementary School, Bannockburn
Central Junior High School, Glencoe
South School, Glencoe
Forest Bluff Montessori, Lake Bluff
Montessori School of Lake Forest, Lake Forest
Crowe Island School, Winnetka
Ivy Tech Community College, East Chicago, IN
St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Wrigleyville
Josephinum Academy, Wicker Park
Polaris Charter Academy, Humboldt Park
Reavis Elementary School, Hyde Park
South & West Suburbs
Homewood Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor
Lyons Township High School, LaGrange
St. Giles Elementary, Oak Park
Trinity High School, River Forest