Collect recipes from school families and even local restaurants that use ingredients you might grow in the school garden and create a "Fresh From the Garden" cookbook. Sell the cookbook to the school community. Also consider selling advertising in the cookbook to local grocery stores and those restaurants that contributed recipes.
Have students show off their creativity by designing and making scarecrows that can be auctioned.
Have students show off their garden and even see if local residents with wonderful gardens would like to participate in a "secret garden" tour.
Contact seed companies that have programs for selling seeds as a fundraiser. A great way to tie into your garden. You can also use seeds from what you have grown and have the students decorate the seed packets:
Donor Recognition Bricks
Several companies make engraved bricks that are perfect for donor recognition.
Yes, that Groupon. They use their platform to permit approved groups to fundraise for projects.
Crowdrise is a website platform for charitable and other not-for-profit organizations to get the word out and raise funds for projects.
Kickstarter is a new way to fund and follow creativity. They have a website platform for charitable and other not-for-profit organizations to get the word out and raise funds for projects.
In Our Back Yards (IOBY)
In Our Backyards is an environment-focused, online crowd-sourcing platform, that helps local community projects find micro-philanthropists.
Fundraising Ideas and Tools
PTO Today is a great source for more fundraising ideas and tools.
We have collected links to organizations that have provided grants of various sizes to fund school garden programs. Click here.
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In addition to the aesthetics, the garden [at our] school is an awesome support and complement to our curriculum. The construction, design, layout, watering system, soil and plants help to advance a vision for sustainability that we have for our school.
The produce is amazing and the educational value for students of this hands-on experience is impossible to replicate using theoretical or virtual models. Our students are eager to plant, maintain and harvest the garden's bounty. The inevitable awareness of the cycle of seed to table is an epiphany for many of the children.
Robert E. Bell Middle School