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4-H School Gardens

School Gardens

Are you a teacher or administrator who is looking to add something special to your school landscape? Image of kids in gardenSchool Gardens can be rich, vibrant spaces for young people to deepen their understanding of local foods. Browse below for resources, ideas, and materials that can support a school garden program or contact the Pitt County 4-H office to request hands-on help! (252) 902-1712 or

Growing Your Garden

  • Starting Your School Garden: This beginner’s guide to getting started on growing a plan to build and sustain a school garden. From crafting a school garden team to managing volunteers, learn best practices to set your school up for success. To access this guide please contact the Pitt County 4-H office.
  • School Garden Planting Guide – When do you plant carrots in Western North Carolina? How deep do you tuck the chard seeds into the soil? Download these fun and engaging planting guides for Eastern and Western North Carolina.
  • Strawberries in Schools – an NCCES publication on growing schoolyard strawberry gardens to provide rich spaces for students and teachers to explore concepts relevant to their curricula in a hands-on, experiential way.

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Curriculum and Lesson Plans

  • North Carolina 4-H Garden-based Curriculum – Browse this list of curriculum that is available through your local county 4-H agent. If you have any questions or would like to start a school garden please contact the Pitt County 4-H office! We can provide curriculum, resources, and hands-on help from extension specialists to help get your garden started!

Lauren Dail 
4-H Extension Agent
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pitt County Center
(252) 902-1712

Adapted from: 
Liz Driscoll
4-H Youth Specialist
Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology and Horticulture Science
NC State University