Big Green builds Learning Gardens in underserved schools and leverages them as a platform to positively impact a school’s food environment through our programs. It aims to increase the food literacy of local school communities, from students to teachers to principals to parents. Big Green Learning Gardens aren’t typical school gardens. They are custom designed by a team of landscape architects and can accommodate classes of 30 or more students of all ages and abilities.
Big Green pairs each Learning Garden school with a Big Green Garden Educator to provide a broad suite of services that fall under two programmatic initiatives: Big Green’s Edible Garden Initiative provides soil, seeds, seedlings, and all garden tools at no cost to schools year after year, for the life of the Learning Garden. We also provide training and direct assistance to teach teachers to plant, grow, harvest, and consume their Learning Garden produce with their students.
Big Green’s Garden-Based Education Initiative provides teachers with lesson plans, teaching resources, and our custom Nutrition & Health and Entrepreneurship curriculum to transform the Learning Garden into an engaging outdoor classroom.
Funds from the Junior League of Indianapolis, matched by funds from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, will be leveraged towards building the first three Perry Township Learning Gardens and providing accompanying programmatic services to those schools. Learn More