Each school garden team can face challenges that are unique to the circumstances of its own school community. These issues can relate to social, economic, and political conditions at their school or in their community. Maybe it’s maintaining an active, trained school garden team when key team members leave the school, or perhaps it’s finding ways to integrate the interest and focus of additional grade levels each year.

We suggest creating a Network Notebook that includes the names of people who can help meet many kinds of challenges, including those that seem only remotely related to the garden’s success. It is possible that local politicians, police and firefighter personnel, and community service organizations will be included in the Network Notebook of resources.