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How to start a garden at your kid's school

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Start a Garden at Your Kid's School

"Getting the garden off the ground wasn't as daunting as I thought it would be," says Kathy Schilder, who spearheaded the project at Francis A. Desmares Elementary School. Follow these steps to success.

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You need at least five to ten families you can count on for help -- with gardening and administrative details. Also find a science teacher, health teacher, or nurse to help. Once you have a group in place, approach the principal.

Sketch Out Your Ideas

Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the National Gardening Association offer extensive resources, including gardening how-tos and lesson plans.

Secure Seed Money

It will likely cost $500 to $2,000 to get started, depending on the land available and fencing needs. Check with state and local health departments for grants. The Home Depot, Lowe's, Jamba Juice, Annie's Homegrown, and Whole Foods offer grants.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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