Jeffers Foundation


School Gardens

There has been much written regarding the positive effects that gardens can have on a student's education. At the Jeffers Foundation we see great value in school gardens. They can bring life to your curriculum in many areas. The information on this page will answer many of the questions you may have on how to start and sustain a successful school garden.

The Overview Videos quickly answer some of the most common garden issues with short, 3-4 minute videos. The Garden Grant button will take you to the Jeffers Grant application as well as a host of other grant opportunities. The School Garden Resource Library is a quick survey of connections to other garden websites that we like. Finally, the Reason's list is just that.

School Garden Overview Video

Garden Grant Opportunities

School Garden Resource Library

Reasons for Having a School Garden

School Garden Programs

In order to help you to make good decisions about a garden for your school, we have visited over fifty school gardens throughout Minnesota. We have made short (2-3 minute) videos on each garden. We learned how the school uses it and sought their advice on what makes their program successful. You might do a quick scan of the gallery of still photos for each school. If you see something that interests you, watch the video. More details are in the accompanying text.


Integrated Arts Academy

La Academia

Lake Crystal Elementary

Neill Elementary

North Star Academy


Alice Smith Elementary School

Bigfork School

Chisago Lakes Middle School

Eagle Creek Elementary

Gideon Pond Elementary

Holy Name of Jesus School

Jefferson Elementary School

Mora Elementary School

Twin Cities Academy

Holy Name of Jesus School


Battle Lake Public

Crossroads Science & Vocational

Gage Elementary School

Gideon Pond Elementary School

Jackson County Central School

Kasson / Mantorville Elementary School

Mankato Area Public Schools

Princeton Middle School

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Rogers Elementary School

St. Joseph's Home for Children

Tri-City United School

Waconia Educational Services Center

Westside Elementary School

Belwin Outdoor Science


Heritage Christian Academy

Hennepin Elementary Charter School

Cohasset Elementary

Longfellow Elementary

Karner Blue Educational Center

Vandyke Elementary

St. Paul City School

Raven Stream Elementary

Adams Spanish Immersion

Byron Elementary

Noble Elementary

Lake Harriet Community School

Caledonia Elementary

Lakeview Elementary

Truman Public Schools

American Swedish Institute


Campbell / Tintah Elementary School

Cornelia Elementary

Gaia Democratic School

Grandview Middle School

Hiawatha / Howe Community School

Highland Elementary

Lake Park-Audubon Elementary

Metro Deaf School

North Park Elementary

Rosemount Elementary

Southgate Elementary

Sunrise River Elementary


Weaver Lake Elementary

Winona Middle School



Champlin Brooklyn Park

Cedar Park

Clara Barton

Waconia Public Schools

Columbia Heights

Garlough Environmental Magnet School

Eagle Bluff

Glacier Hills Elementary

Meadowbrook Elementary School

Seward Montessori

Solway Elementary

Woodland Elementary

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