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Kids and gardening mesh like worms and dirt–both are eager to dig in and dig deep. Unlike worms, however, kids are easily distracted and sometimes hard to entertain. That’s where you come in! With a little direction, kids can not only grow their own vegetables, they can turn them into crafts, share them with their friends and of course, eat them.

“Vegetables never tasted so good until you grew them yourself!”

From backyard gardens to school gardens, check out some of the sites below for ideas on how to get your kids active in the garden and keep them active. It’s easier than you think!

BloominThyme ~ Where gardening is made fun and easy.

Florida Gardening for Grades ~ Free comprehensive guide for Florida teachers to help plan, fund, create and learn with a school garden.

Kids Gardening ~ All about gardening with kids, plus school and community garden resources and grants.

Still Tasty ~ Your ultimate guide to how long your fresh harvest will last.

Scrap Kins ~ Recycled Arts for Kids is all about reusing old items in fun and creative ways.

Pick Your Own ~ Farms, food, fun — this one’s full of information!

Super Healthy Kids ~ Great resource for healthy food ideas that will appeal to kids.

School Gardens ~ Helping to create learning gardens that grow successful students.

Green Schools Alliance ~ Empowering schools to create a generation of environmental stewards.

Green Thumb ~ Provides programming and material support to over 500 community gardens in New York City.

National Gardening Association ~ Promoting youth gardening programs – one child, one school, and one community at a time.

Sustainable Schools Project ~ Complete starter kit from the Healthy Kids/Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.

GreenHeart Education ~ A primer on how to green your classroom, curriculum, community–and the heart of your life’s work as a teacher.

Green Education Foundation ~ Free sustainability lessons to use in your class for K – 12 .

Edible Schoolyard ~ Search for lessons according to grade and subject – garden, kitchen, etc.

National Wildlife Federation ~ Provides sustainable food curriculum website.

Farm-to-School ~ Resources for incorporating farm curriculum into schools.

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  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.

     

  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!

     

  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.

     

  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.