Nutrition Services is a large supporter of school gardens and all of the programs that a school garden can bring. School gardens provide a hands-on learning experience and living classroom for schools. Researchers show that gardeners consume more of the daily recommended fruits and vegetables and obtain increased amounts of physical activity and decreased sedentary time. These outcomes are certainly what we would like to see for our Five Star community and we hope that we can play a part in making that a more realistic goal.
Nutrition Services has taken a lead role in making gardens a reality in our schools through the creation of processes, standards, and resources. Please use the procedures and resources below to begin your school garden journey. If you would like guidance throughout, please contact Ashley Tortorella, Nutrition Services Supervisor.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Garden Procedures and Required Forms:
- Adams 12 Learning Landscapes Procedures (English - Spanish)
- New Garden Form (English - Spanish)
- Existing Garden Form (English - Spanish)
Garden to Cafeteria Program:
- Garden to Cafeteria Protocols (English - Spanish)
- Garden to Cafeteria Registration (English - Spanish)
- Garden to Cafeteria Logsheet (English - Spanish)
Helpful Organizations and Resources:
In accordance with Federal civil rights laws and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, Adams 12 Nutrition Services is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity funded by USDA. Adams 12 Nutrition Services is an equal opportunity provider.
Any harassment/discrimination of students and/or staff, based on the aforementioned protected areas, will not be tolerated and must be reported either by contacting the Nutrition Services, Resource Manager at 720-972-6140 or by submitting the Civil Rights Complaint Form (English - Spanish). Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Services at (800) 877-8339.