New Minnesota school garden guide released

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting gardens with their students.

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom has published a guide for school gardens. The colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.

The state agriculture department, which helped develop the guide, says it’s bursting with delicious ideas to build connections between the classroom, the school garden and the cafeteria.

Agriculture in the Classroom specialist Sue Knott says they hope positive gardening experiences will serve as a launching pad for the further study of food and agriculture.

The free guide is available online, in hard copy or on a flash drive.

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The guide can be downloaded or ordered at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc

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