Use your garden to become LearnWELL and align with CPS Wellness policies using the following strategies.
School Leadership: Connect your garden team with your wellness team.
Parent Engagement: Have at least one non-staff volunteer on the garden team.
- Physical Education: Discuss the muscles and movements required for turning soil, getting near the ground, weeding, and other garden activities.
- Frequent Movement Breaks: Take your students on at least one weeding blitz a month, get active, and maintain the garden—all at the same time!
- Outdoor Play/Outdoor Learning: Teach in the garden, enjoy recess in the garden - the garden is part of a larger outdoor space that should be explored.
- Nutrition Education: The garden is a natural place for nutrition education. Regularly incorporate nutrition education into any garden activities.
- School Food: Eat from the garden! Become Eat What You Grow certified and serve garden produce in the dining center or for snack.
- Become Eat What You Grow certified! Attend a required CPS Food Safety training so that produce can be served in the dining center and classroom.
- Integrate the garden into every grade level and content area to maximize learning opportunities.
- Maintain a garden team of at least three staff members.
- Use the garden for community engagement.
- Staff should attend at least two school garden professional development opportunities per year.
- Allocate resources for garden upkeep on an annual basis.