Solidify support. If a garden relies solely on one or two parents, when their kids graduate the program may not survive. But if the garden becomes part of a school’s curriculum or celebrations, it has greater longevity.

Start small. School administrators can easily consent to small garden construction; expand once the program gains speed.

Work within standards. Every state has specific educational standards to meet. Partner with teachers to include lesson plans in each gardening session.

Engage community. Reach out to local reporters to spread the word about what you’re doing. Gardeners, progressive businesses, restaurants, and volunteers are integral to gardens’ success.