Nashville School Garden Coalition
WHO WE ARE
The Nashville School Garden Coalition, in partnership with Hands On Nashville, is a group of teachers, parents, community volunteers, and school garden advocates who work together to support school gardens in Nashville.
We envision a city where students, families and the community are healthier, academically successful, and environmentally sound through involvement in school gardens.
To provide a model for other communities by setting standards of excellence for garden-based education, institutionalizing them within our schools, and supporting food security for families.
WHAT WE DO
Nashville School Garden Coalition members work collaboratively to achieve our vision by advocating for and supporting the school garden movement. Together, we share best practices, organize and empower leaders, develop policies and procedures, provide a technical support network, and integrate gardening into curriculum to support academic achievement.
HOW WE FORMED
School gardens have become increasingly popular in Nashville over the past several years. In February 2011, Community Food Advocates, a local organization that works to end hunger and create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, and the Metro Public Health Department invited schoolteachers and gardeners from across the city to share information, resources, and lessons learned at a Community Garden Workshop. The support for school gardens was clear. Following the meeting, school garden leaders, government and non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, parents, school administrators and teachers, and school garden advocates decided it was important to continue the conversation and began meeting regularly.
Over the next several months, the meetings served as an opportunity for people to share information and resources, determine opportunities to support existing school gardens, and identify strategies to advocate for new school gardens in the city. By the start of 2012, we completed our vision and mission statements, determined the name of our coalition, and voted in our first co-chairs.
In 2015, Nashville School Garden Coalition and Hands On Nashville partnered to further leverage community support, volunteers, and urban agriculture resources in support of school gardens.
For more information on the Nashville School Garden, e-mail us at NashvilleSchoolGardens@gmail.com