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The Turn-Key Container Garden is simple and does not require a team. This container garden requires some tools and materials, such as soil, pots and seeds, so you may wantKidGardening_2to locate donations and/or some financial assistance to cover costs. Visit the Turn-Key Container Garden page for step-by-step instructions! 

The larger your garden the more team support you may need to get the results you want.  

  1. First, approach specific school or youth group community members whom you feel will share your enthusiasm for the project. If starting a school garden, it is very helpful to have at least one teacher on board from the start. Conversely, if you are an educator formulating a plan, a parent or caregiver who is active in the school community will support the project immensely.

  2. Schedule an informational meeting to share your vision and discuss next steps.

  3. At the time of your meeting, agree upon the goals for your garden project, and decide on the ideal location for your garden. Print out and review the GEF Garden Approval Planner. When you are prepared to do so, you can bring this completed template to the meeting with your school principal or site supervisor.

  4. Set a day and time for a follow-up meeting. In the interim, reach out to other community members (including teachers, staff and families) to gauge interest. Remember that administrators will be more likely to support a project that is already demonstrating community buy-in, and is engaging interest among teachers and staff.