Here is a list of Resources (books, articles, websites) that have inspired and informed us. We hope you enjoy them as well!

Bucklin-Sporer, A. & R. Pringle. (2010). How to grow a school garden: A complete guide for parents and teachers. Oregon: Timber Press.

Danks, S. G. (2010). Asphalt to ecosystems: design ideas for schoolyard transformation. New Village Press. 
Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and education. New York, NY: Touchstone.

Gaylie, V. (2011). Roots and research in urban school gardens. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Gaylie, V. (2009). The learning garden: Ecology, teaching, and transformation. New York, NY:  Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Houghton, E.  (2003). A breath of fresh air:  Celebrating nature and school gardens. Toronto: Learnxs Foundation.
Johnson, L. (2010). City farmer: Adventures in urban food growing. Vancouver: Greystone Books.
Kiefer, J. & Kemple, M. (1998).  Digging deeper: Integrating youth gardens into schools and communities.  Philadelphia: Food Works.
Lieberman, G., Hoody, L. (1998).  Closing the achievement gap: Using the environment as an integrating context for learning. Poway, CA: Science Wizards.
Louv, R. (2008). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Updated Edition. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Moore, R. (1993). Plants for play: A plant selection guide for children’s outdoor environments. Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications.
Nabhan, G., Trimble, S.  (1994). The geography of childhood: Why children need wild places. Boston: Beacon Press.
Pollan, M. (1991). Second nature: A gardener's education.  New York, NY. Grove Press.
Sobel, D. (1996). Beyond ecophobia: Reclaiming the heart in nature education.  Great 
Barrington, MA: The Orion Society.
Thorp, L. (2006). The pull of the earth: Participatory ethnography in the school garden. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.
Waters, A. (2008). Edible schoolyard: A universal idea.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
Wilson, E.O. (1984). Biophilia: The human bond with other species. Harvard University Press.

Blair, D. (2009). The child in the garden: An evaluative review of the benefits of school gardening.  Journal of Environmental Education40, 15-38.  
Gaylie, V.  (2009).  Imagine: Ecology and teacher education.  Green Teacher Magazine84, 29-31.
Graham, H., Beall, D., Lussier, M., McLoughlin, P., Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (2005). Use of school gardens in academic instruction. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior37,  147-151.  
Morris, J., Briggs, M., Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (2000). School-based gardens can teach kids healthier eating habits.  California Agriculture54, 40-46.
Weaver-Hightower, M.B. (2011). Why education researchers should take school food seriously. Educational Researcher, 40, 15-21.
Wright, A. R. (2013). The AgroEcological-Educator: food-based community development.
           Community Development Journal, 1-16. doi:10.1093/cdj/bst038

Healthy Eating at School
This website has an entire section devoted to school gardening and outdoor classrooms. Success stories, advice, links, etc. all make this a great starting point for learning about school garden projects in BC.

Life Lab
An excellent & comprehensive site offering curriculum resources, educational workshops for families and educators, and inspiring testimonies for outdoor classrooms and food literacy.

Demonstrations in Soil Science
This is a site created at Purdue and features a collection of soil experiments that can be used in the classroom or for science fair exhibits.

Dr. Dirt
Dr. Dirt, a.k.a. Dr. Clay Robinson of West Texas A&M University, aims this site towards grades K-8. It contains over 15 modules for students to learn about erosion, irrigation, the nutrient cycle of soils, global implications of soil, and much more. Students can check out the FAQ or submit their own question to Dr. Dirt.

Education Center: The Plant Health Instructor (K-12 Plant Path-Waysto Science)
Sponsored by the American Phytopathological Society, this site is chock full of information for teachers and experiments for the K-12 set. It contains upcoming programs and workshops for science teachers to keep current, lesson plans, and an illustrated glossary. Experiments cover plant viruses, parasites, and fungi.

The Great Plant Escape
This clever, award-winning site, in both English and Spanish, offers six "cases" for students to solve involving the impact of plants and crops on people. Hosted by a carrot and a sprout, each case is set up like a mystery that walks kids through outcomes for each case, background materials and facts, definitions, and experiments.

Hawai'i School Garden Network
The Hawai'i school garden network offers perhaps one of the only year-long teacher education programs geared toward garden-based education. The program is called Ku Aina Pa (Standing firmly in knowledge upon the land) and also includes a yearly symposium. The website offers an exhaustive list of curriculum resources for teachers.

Natural Resources Conservation Service K-12 Resources on Soils
This site contains a list of soil-based lesson plans not listed elsewhere in this list.

Soils Sustain Life: Educational Resources for Teachers
This site, developed by the Soil Science Society of America, includes lessons and experiments, such as soil texture analysis and creating crayons out of soil, and is useful for most any area of the country. Other helpful resources include soil facts and definitions.

Evergreen: School Ground Greening
Evergreen, a Canadian environmental charity provides resources, funding, and training for many greening projects, including schoolyards and community gardens.  An excellent site with a wealth of information for educators.

Environmental Youth Alliance
This site offers volunteer opportunities, internships and mentorships for youth engaged in sustainability initiatives, as well as tools and workshops for educators.

Richmond Schoolyard Society
Based in Richmond, B.C. this charitable organization provides opportunities for elementary students to grow food and learn from the garden.

Center for Ecoliteracy
An American non-profit focused on promoting ecological literacy- this site offers an abundance of resources and inspiration for educators and anyone interested in ecological learning and sustainability initiatives (books, films, articles, seminars, etc.)

Resources for Rethinking
Canadian educational non-profit focused on knowledge, skills, and perspectives to enable a sustainable future.  Offers in-depth discussion on alternative pedagogical practices for hands-on learning as well as practical curriculum connections to foster environmental learning.  An excellent site for educators!

Vancouver School Food Network
The VSFN is a network of school, community, and health agencies and programs who are working towards healthier and sustainable school food systems in Vancouver. This work includes education about, modelling of, and support for growing, preparing, eating and appreciating healthy, sustainable foods, and managing waste. The VSFN hosts Pro-D workshops.