GRADES Pre-K to 5 | 2022-2023

Challenge 4: School Garden – Edible Garden

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

YOUR CHALLENGE: Gardens are a great way to access fresh healthy produce. They can be visually pleasing, and also help support your community by providing fresh fruit and vegetables. Design and implement an edible garden at your school and create a cookbook highlighting your garden’s harvest. Recipes should inspire students, teachers, staff and community members to grow, harvest and prepare the produce in new and exciting ways. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, April 24, 2023 to Sunday, April 30, 2023

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Cookbook includes school name, list of participating students/classes on the front cover BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER

Cookbook includes a design and showcases the planning, building and tending of the garden with images and drawings of students and teachers at work.


Cookbook includes AT LEAST 10 recipes featuring plants, fruits and vegetables being grown in the garden that can be enjoyed by students, teachers, staff and the community

 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

The Fairchild Challenge offers competitive garden grants to assist with your school garden efforts. The grant application is available at the beginning of the school year. Priority is given to schools with limited resources. Application deadline: Friday, October 21, 2022. All recipients must submit an entry for Challenge 4 to be eligible for a Garden Grant.

OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 5 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join Fairchild staff for the 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

CHALLENGE RESOURCES: What are the main parts of a recipe?
TCK Publishing: How to write a recipe: The 4 key elements of a great cookbook recipe
USDA: School Gardens
Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards
Design Thinking Paper Techniques: Templates

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The Challenge: School Garden – Edible Garden is made possible by the generous support between the United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association’s Urban Agriculture Resilience Program.