Challenge 4: School Garden – We are Victorious

For Groups — Maximum points: 400 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: There is no doubt that gardening is a great way to feed yourself and improve your mood. During World War I and World War II, people were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens and grow vegetables, fruits and herbs in family yards and parks. These gardens have remained popular, and are seeing a modern resurgence, as current times present the opportunity to reconnect with nature and the food we eat; starting with seeds. A free and easy way to grow plants is to harvest and save seeds from your kitchen produce. This year students will plant a Victory Garden in their school, backyard or patio using seeds collected from their kitchen. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must be emailed to and include school name and teacher contact in attachment name and the email message
 Garden Book indicates how many students or classes were involved in creation of the garden and book
 Garden Book must be 8.5 x 11 inches or less, and 15 double-sided pages or less excluding the front and back cover pages. Pages cannot include additional attachments or be used as pockets
 Garden Book must include text and images such as photographs, sketches, drawings, captions, recipes etc., and a short reflection on lessons learned from the garden each month for at least six separate months
 Garden Book includes descriptions of the different plant parts & explains why some plants grow from harvested seeds
 Garden Book contains descriptions/examples of how garden is utilized as teaching tool across the curriculum
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Join Fairchild’s experts for the virtual School Garden Workshop specially designed for teachers wanting to start a garden at home or at school. For more information, visit our Teacher Workshop page. 

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 4 Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 4 Benchmarks

Growing a Garden from the Grocery Store
Gardens Have Pulled America Out of Some of its Darkest Times. We Need Another Revival. 
The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s How to Save Vegetable Seeds: Seed-Saving Guide
Global Seed Network’s Seed Saving Tips and School Curriculum
Seed Savers Exchange’s Gardening & Seed Saving Guides and videos
Mini Garden: Seed Saving 101
Civil Eats: Gardening is Important, but Seed Saving is Crucial