Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

Introduction to GENE


Online Lessons and Curricula

  • Educator Resources from Team Nutrition
  • WE Garden Garden-Based Learning lessons from California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Kids Cook Farm Fresh Food Seasonal recipes, activities & farm profiles that teach ecological responsibility.
  • Nutrition to Grow On An innovative curriculum for grades four through six that offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education
  • Life Lab's School Garden Resources Page
  • California School Garden Network's Online Lesson Database
  • California Healthy Kids Resource Center Resource Lending Library
  • Got Veggies? is a garden-based nutrition education curriculum created with the goal of getting children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. It features seven full lesson plans, a series of shorter garden-based activities, fun recipes and helpful tips for cooking and eating in the garden.
  • Food Day Curriculum  Through these lessons, students will become informed consumers by learning to follow healthy eating goals and find "real food".
  • Harvesting HEALTH is a compilation of lessons and resources that foster nutrition education through gardening concepts highlighting seasonal produce.

Network for a Healthy California Resources – before, during, and after school


Content Standards and GENE

All subjects
Language Arts Connections - Young Reader Literature Lists that connect to gardening, nutrition and agriculture.
Science Connections

Math Connections

Three Sisters (Corn, Beans and Squash Traditional Planting) Resources

Incredible Edible Six Plant Parts

Food Group Activities


Classroom Cooking Tips and Procedures

Eating the Colors of the Rainbow - The Nutritional Benefits of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

More Resources for What’s In It for Us Lesson

Taste Testing Forms and Resources for Evaluating Recipes


More Nutrition Connections

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Nov 1, 2011, 3:10 PM