School Gardens


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


    • Food & Nutrition Division
    • 405 S. 21st St. Sparks, NV 89431
    • 775-353-3758


      Schools are one of the most powerful influences in the lives of students; they can significantly help to promote healthy habits and behavior in children. Schools with a healthy environment foster improved student health. School gardens are one way to promote a healthy environment. A school garden puts the natural world at students' fingertips. They nurture a child's curiosity and desire to explore the world.  As well, research shows that children who plant and harvest their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat them. School gardens are outdoor laboratories, and can be applied to curriculum in natural sciences, mathematics, languages and fine arts.

      Nutrition is an essential building block for student success. Healthy, active, and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school and are more prepared and motivated to learn. Educators find that school gardens create the framework for interdisciplinary, collaborative, student-centered, experiential, and engaged learning.Gardens can incorporate nutrition education and physical activity contributing to an optimal learning environment to teach healthy lifestyle habits. For more information on starting a school garden, please visit A Guide For Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms.

        Risk Management and Food Safety

        With endless educational opportunities in school gardens, educators must have a proper food safety plan. Potential food safety risks should be taken seriously. Produce grown in school gardens can be contaminated during growth, harvest, transportation, preparation or service and result in food borne illness. Please view The Guide To School Garden Food Safety compiled by the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition and School Health. Additional support came from Nevada State Health Division, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension,  Washoe County Food Policy Council, and the Oregon Department of Education.

        f you have an older audience, Future Farmers of America or high school students, please review the Good Agriculture Practices web page for additional information.

        Nevada School Garden Safety Guidelines