A Five Part Plan to Bring to Life a More Sustainable School Garden.

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2010: $1,200.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Manager:
Sarah Holmes
The Barstow School

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: cover crops, irrigation
  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Pest Management: biological control, integrated pest management
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    This project will be comprised of teaching middle school students five modules that pertain to Sustainable Agriculture. Seventh grade students will learn about and implement these practices in our school garden. The five sustainable agriculture techniques that will be implemented are composting, extending the season, beneficial insects, proactive weed control using cover crops, and water management using drip irrigation.

    Students will be involved with these practices in their science classes. Students will be taught using hands-on techniques and we will document what we do on our school garden website. The website will include pictures, videos, and information about what we have learned as well as document our journey. Guest speakers from local farms and organizations will assist in teaching students these techniques and how they are utilized when growing food.

    Currently we do not use these sustainable agricultural techniques listed above in our garden and we would like to implement them in order to teach students how to create a garden that is more sustainable.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.