Creating a Vision

The planning stages of a school garden is crucial to a successful outcome. The contents of this section will help you analyze your site, assess your needs, and create a detailed vision for your school garden space.

Analyzing the Site

Get to know your existing conditions and assess what will stay and what will go. Look at soil, climate, neighborhood, and other critical areas.

Assessing Your Needs

What is my purpose for building a school garden? My style? My budget? How will it be maintained? Take a close look at your needs.

Holding a "Vision Meeting"

This exercise serves to generate discussion among teachers and students about the character of the garden, its primary uses, and the school’s priorities for the space.

Determining Your Goals Worksheet (2 page download)

Download the Determining Your Goals Worksheet to take a close look at your goals and objectives.