Is your school the right fit?
We believe that healthy food, green space and outdoor learning should be accessible to any school that wants it. We partner with schools that range from being able to pay for the program in full to schools that cannot contribute anything towards the garden program. The program costs approximately $122 per student for the first year of the program. For a class with 28 students for example, that would be $3,416 for the year. These costs drop in year two since the garden will already be built. Regardless of whether your school can or cannot afford this program, we want to work with you to make it possible for your students to have garden time. We currently have over 13,000 students on our waiting list, and we are working hard to bring Hudson Valley Seed to those students as quickly as possible. Here is what we look for in a partner school:
- A garden. Most of the schools we partner with do not have an existing garden. However, if your school does that can speed up the process of partnership.
- A garden committee. This committee should include at least one administrator, food service professional, parent and teacher.
- A volunteer network to help with watering and weeding.
- Buy-in from teachers and administrators. We want to know going in that principals, superintendents and teachers are all on board. We have worked with many schools where a teacher wanted this program and received push back. We can help you get the buy-in you need for this program!
- Funding. This can mean a plan for a crowd-funding campaign, a proposal to the school board, or other creative ways to help fundraise the cost of this program.
There is more information coming soon about how to become a partner school. In the mean time, if you would like more information or if you would like to be added to our waiting list please email Ava Bynum at firstname.lastname@example.org.