Once the area has been surveyed and a site has been selected, the school can begin to envision their ideal school garden. The school garden team should hold a vision-creation session to formulate a better idea of what the garden should become. This exercise serves to generate discussion among teachers and students about the character of the garden, its primary uses, and the schools priorities for the space.
The outcome of the Vision Meeting will be a mission statement and concept design for the garden and should be included in your proposal.
Do it democratically!
In addition to team members, invite other faculty, student representatives, a few interested parents, and active community members as appropriate so that everyone who is impacted by the garden has a voice in the planning process. Including a range of perspectives will result in a greater depth of information and will generate good will as well as increased support and participation in the entire school community.
Schedule the Vision Meeting at a time when most participants can attend, ideally setting aside at least 90 minutes for the exercise.
Start the session
A facilitator begins the discussion by posing a series of open-ended questions to the group.
Tip: As the team considers different possibilities, they can begin to identify teaching goals for their garden. These can be compiled on a separate list, which the school garden team will further refine into a formal garden mission statement as the process moves forward. The resulting list of educational goals will guide curricular activities and teacher training sessions, and ultimately connect classroom lessons with the garden.