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School Gardens

School gardens have innumerable benefits to both students and staff. School gardens can be used as an outdoor classroom, a place for students to connect with nature, engage in physical activity and learn where their food comes from. School gardens help encourage teamwork, individual responsibility and commitment to success. When students get their own hands dirty, they are more willing to try new foods, especially fruits and vegetables. 

Jeffco Public Schools has over 50 gardens on school property and partners with local non-profits such as Denver Urban Gardens and Jovial Concepts to support these gardens' development and ongoing education.

School Garden Guidelines

All schools must comply with the Garden Guidelines. The document below applies to all gardens and greenhouses on Jeffco Public Schools’ grounds. Any school interested in building a new garden must read the guidelines and comply with the Garden Process Checklist included within.

View the School Garden Guidelines

Garden Curriculum and Resources

Starting a School Garden

  1. Review school garden guidelines.

  2. Submit a new garden proposal.

  3. Contact your Facilities Manager or Kristina Kain for the Garden Modification Form.

  4. Submit the form by January 15.

Connecting with the Garden Community

Subscribe to the garden newsletter for updates about Jeffco school and community gardens.

If you are interested in connecting with your school garden community, submit the Garden Networking Interest Form.

Community Partners

Contact Us

Healthy Schools Coordinator

Kristina Kain
Email: kristina.kain@jeffco.k12.co.us