Challenge 6: School Garden – Growing Up!

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

YOUR CHALLENGE: With the population in urban areas increasing and available space becoming more limited, growing freshhealthy food is challenging. One idea to combat this is by growing up and creating a vertical garden.  Not only does it save space, but it can be easier to maintain. Identify a location within your schoolyard or community where a garden would make sense.  Design an edible garden using vertical gardening techniques either by designing something new and innovative or with premade kits. Choose your plants and see what you can grow! Students will create an infographic describing your design process, what you grew and harvested, and how your garden is (or could be) valuable to the school and community. Downloadable PDF

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

Electronically submit the following:

Uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

  • Garden Design
  • Infographic
✓  Entry Requirements:
 Infographic includes school name, list of participating students/classes on the front cover BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER
 Infographic showcases the designing, building and tending of the garden with images and drawings of students and teachers at work
 Infographic provides details about what is/will be growing in the garden and ideas for how community members can get involved in maintaining and using the garden
 Physical garden incorporates elements of vertical gardening with edible plants as the main feature
 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 6 to be eligible for a Garden Grant.

OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 5 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join Fairchild’s experts for the School Garden Workshop specially designed for teachers wanting to start a garden at home or at school. Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 6 Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 6 Benchmarks

Introduce the Challenge to your students: School Garden – Growing Up
StoryboardThat: Using infographics for education
STEM Literacy through Infographics: Science infographics
Canva: How to make an infographic
UF/IFAS: Vertical gardening
Green Education Foundation: Vertical gardening
Examples of pre-made kits: Hanging Planter, Self Watering, Stackable, Wall Mounted, Free Standing
Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards
Design Thinking Paper Techniques: Templates

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