School Garden Resources and Grants

Maryland Agricultu​re Education Foundation​ 

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1989 as recommended by a Governor's Task Force. 

The Foundation's mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Visit MAEF’s site for information on Ag returns to the City Grants: 
  • Urban school garden grants between $250 - $500
  • Fund between 18-25 gardens per year
  • Any type of school, i.e. public or private and grade level
  • Application requires support from principal and teacher and tie garden to the curriculum and education standards 

Maryland FSNE (Food Supplement Nutrition Education) 

  • FSNE (Food Supplement Nutrition Education) is Maryland SNAP-Ed and is funded by USDA FNS to provide nutrition education to low-income audiences. This means that the schools that we work with need to have 50% or greater free and reduced meals eligibility.
  • We work under 3 main Initiatives to include preschool and childcare centers, school community sites, and out of school sites. This means that the nutrition education and the gardening activities are driven by the site, so they are not necessarily linked to clubs, but they are all tied to a curriculum.
  • FSNE currently has about 45 gardening projects are in the following counties:
    • ​Baltimore County 
    • Baltimore City
    • Harford County
    • Carroll County
    •  Allegany County
    • Garrett County
    • Calvert County
    • Montgomery County
    • Prince Georges County
    • St. Mary's County
    • Dorchester County
    • Talbot County
    • Washington County

USDA Community Food Systems - School Gardening​

D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education- School Garden Program 

OSSE’s School Gardens Program team assists schools in building and maintaining school gardens and provides training and technical assistance to teachers in utilizing school gardens as a teaching tool.