Establishing a clear, measurable set of goals for rating the school’s success on a range of criteria will provide a baseline to which you can measure on the success of the whole program and therefore determine its sustainability.

Take the time to perform an annual self-assessment so that problems can be identified and addressed—it’s invaluable for ensuring the garden program’s sustainability. It offers the possibility to see programmatic weaknesses as well as strengthens and introduces ideas for improvement that can benefit everyone involved, particularly if a broad spectrum of the school community is involved in the process.

See Evaluation to learn more about assessing your garden project.