School Gardens Program

Eat Smart . . .
It's in the garden! 
- a partnership of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina.

The South Carolina School Gardens Program is an initiative by the SC Department of Agriculture to provide schools and communities alike with the opportunity to learn healthy eating habits, as well as providing an effective and fun way to instill the appreciation for local agriculture and food production in our children and everyone else involved in the garden. Although each garden is unique, it will all foster a new element of health, nutrition, exercise, education, and deepening relationships within schools and communities. Incorporating the health benefits of gardening activity with the educational process of development reinforces the Department of Agriculture’s goals related to promoting the consumption of locally grown products. We hope that you will visit our website often for current information and resources related to school and community gardens in South Carolina and beyond.

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School Gardens Newsletter
Current Issue
Vol. 5. March 2013 (pdf)

Past Issues

Vol. 4. September 2012 (pdf)
ol. 4. June 2012 (pdf)
Vol. 1. March 2012 (pdf)

Vol. 3. December 2011 (pdf)
Vol. 3. September 2011 (pdf)

Vol. 3. June 2011 (pdf)

Vol. 2. December 2010 (pdf)

Vol. 2  September 2010 (pdf)
Vol. 2. April 2010 (pdf)

Vol. 1. December 2009 (pdf)
Vol. 1. September 2009 (pdf)

Vol. 1, June 2009
Vol. 1, March 2009 (pdf)

Just for kids! SC Veggies and Fruits Activity Book (pdf)

Eat Smart . . . It's in the Garden Toolkit 
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The Hayride: A Resource for Educational Farm Field Trips
2009-10 published by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Porject
SC Farms Hosting Tours
2008 SC School Gardens Survey Results
Eat Smart . . . It's in the garden!
Grant Recipients
  • Mellichamp Elementary, Orangeburg, SC
  • Pontiac Elementary, Elgin, SC
  • Central Childhood Development Center, Rock Hill, SC
  • Pauline-Glenn Spring Elementary, Pauline, SC
  • New Directions School, Columbia, SC