School Garden Crop Planning Resources
Looking for support to help you plan your school garden? Farm to School BC has developed a series of crop planning resources specifically for school gardens that shifts traditional planting times to align with the school year, focusing on a spring and fall harvest while minimizing work in July and August.
Spring Crop Planning Resources
Spring Harvest Crop Cards: Learn about planting and growing spring crops with these fun crop cards that include information and classroom activities about radishes, lettuce, bok choy, kale, spinach, and peas. Note that these crops can also be planted in late August or early September for a harvest in mid-October (depending on your growing zone). Refer to the Crop Planning Guides below to learn when each crop should be planted in your region.
Fall Harvest Crop Cards: Learn about planting and growing fall crops with these fun crop cards that include information and classroom activities about tomatoes, peppers, basil, carrots, potatoes, winter squash, beans, peas, and garlic. Refer to the Crop Planning Guides below to learn when each crop should be planted in your region.
Regional Crop Planning Calendars: Make planning your school garden a breeze with these regional spring and fall crop planning calendars.
Crop Planning Guide: Looking for something a little more detailed? Our crop planning guide includes an extensive list of plants and region-specific planting timelines in a spreadsheet format.
Thank you to the following organizations for helping fine-tune these planting dates:
- Coastal BC: Rockridge Secondary (West Vancouver)
- South-Central BC: Arthur Hatton Elementary (Kamloops)
- Northern BC: Farmer Cam’s Foods, Cam Bell (Terrace), Groundbreakers (Smithers)
This guide was created with support from: