The Davis Joint Unified School District has a garden in every school. Students plant in mosaic planters, raised beds, landscaped areas and more. They learn about plants, insects, soil, composting and growing fresh and tasty food.
Davis Farm to School supports gardens throughout all schools in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). We offer a competitive matching garden grant program to all interested school sites in Davis and Yolo county.
We support school site garden coordinators and are a resource for lessons, supplies, volunteers, workshops, networking and communicating with district maintenance staff. We also work with district administration to craft school garden policies.
Each year, garden coordinators or garden program volunteers from all sites are eligible to be nominated for garden GROW awards. The top nominee earns a monetary award.
Our school gardens support California’s academic content standards and provide important hands-on learning experiences for students.
NETWORKING AND TEACHING RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
Davis Farm to School provides opportunities for garden coordinators from our local schools to meet and exchange ideas. Some meetings include guest speakers who share information about their areas of expertise.
Our Community Resources pages contain kids activities, information about gardening and agriculture, virtual field trips. Students and parents will find useful information about recycling and waste reduction on these pages as well.
Garden Coordinators and educators in Davis have access to our Garden Educator Resources pages. Please email or if you are a garden educator in Davis and want access to these pages.
SCHOOL HARVEST PROJECTS
The Harper Harvest Project tended a large scale planting of broccoli and lettuce destined for use by the DJUSD Student Nutrition Services kitchen during fall 2013. In this pilot project, the SNS agreed to purchase produce from the Harper garden. School gardens can use this model to become self-sustaining enterprises while SNS gains an opportunity to serve premium fresh, local produce at lower costs.
The Harper Jr. High garden continued growing for our community, providing pumpkins and over 100 pounds of summer produce to students at Valley Oak Preschool and the Children's Center in Davis.
The Birch Lane Harvest Project provided chard, lettuce and oranges to DJUSD Nutrition Services during winter 2013. The produce was served to Birch Lane students as part of their lunch time salad bar.