Teaching Gardens

student planing in garden

The American Heart Association is calling all schools and educational facilities interested in connecting children to gardens, addressing food access concerns in their neighborhoods, supporting health, nutrition, and environmental stewardship to be a part of our mission by joining our new Teaching Gardens Network.

10 years ago, the American Heart Association teamed up with noted child-nutrition activist and philanthropist, Kelly Meyer, to create the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program. Over the last decade, the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program has launched over 500 Teaching Gardens nationwide.  


One third of U.S. children are overweight or obese putting them at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
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Exposing Students to Fruits and Vegetables

Teaching Gardens addresses the healthy eating challenges that are facing our nation’s children and families by supporting school and community gardens. This successful approach to engaging youth makes healthy foods fun, and provides opportunities for children to not only grow, but understand and enjoy the benefit of eating healthy foods. The American Heart Association is empowering students to become champions of change and promote healthier lifestyles to their families and school communities.  


Get Involved 

The American Heart Association has launched the Teaching Gardens Network— a one stop shop for everything schools will need to start or enhance a school garden. Through the network you will have access to: 

  • Grant opportunities to help fund your garden needs.
  • Free gardening materials and resources.
  • Digital cross-curricular, standards-based gardening and nutrition education curriculum.
  • Downloadable Teaching Gardens Network certificate.
  • Naming recognition on our web site.

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How Teaching Gardens Works

The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network will have grants available to support school gardens for the 2019-2020 school year! More information will be available in early September.

The Teaching Gardens Network Grant program is made possible by the ongoing commitment of Kelly Meyer, founder of OneSun Fund, and Gail Becker, CEO of Caulipower, who are both dedicated to educating children about nutrition, while appreciating the benefit of eating healthy.