Our Generous Garden

The first in a series exploring how children can create their own garden at home or at school. It explores finding garden space, selecting and starting seeds, graphing your garden and planting. Children can work together to take care of the garden and learn about what is involved to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables. Even better... picky eaters will be intrigued by what they can grow with their own hands, and what they might even try with a delicious recipe. They now have a reason to try it!
Copyright Anne Nagro.

Featured in Horticulture Magazine!

The Buzz About Our Generous Garden

TIME for Kids Magazine

April 3, 2009 edition serving 1.85 million students in over 35,000 classrooms (K-6) Story/Interview by Vicki An on School Gardens, citing Our Generous Garden as a major part of the article.

Featured on Martha Stewart Living Radio

"What Anne is doing is grass roots in the most original sense of the word..."
Terri Trespicio, host of Whole Living, March 3, 2009

Peabody Award-Winning Radio Host Faith Middleton, WNPR Serving New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Interview March 9, 2009

"This important and wonderfully illustrated book is a treasure."

2009 Illinois House of Representatives Acknowledgement of Recognition Certificate for Contribution to Farm Fresh Schools Act, February 18,2009.

Kirkus Discoveries Raves

"...the message is genuine and will inspire children to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labor....A terrific resource for elementary-level educators wanting a classroom full of raised hands and green thumbs."

Maria Shriver, First Lady of California

"I applaud you for teaching children the value of healthy eating and helping others through your school garden. It is wonderful that the children are learning important lessons, but in a fun and exciting way-you are truly an architect of change!"

Nominated for the "Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Awards" Program 2008

This award recognizes a select group of children's books that are especially effective at promoting an understanding of and appreciation for gardening and the environment by the Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society.

2009 Recommended Reading List

Featured in National Environmental Education Week!

Alice Waters, Award-winning executive chef and owner of Chez Panisse, author and advocate of the Slow Food Movement and The Edible Schoolgarden

"...School gardens turn pop culture upside-down: they teach redemption through a deep appreciation for the real, the authentic, and the lasting-for the things that money can't buy.... Kids who learn environmental and nutritional lessons through school gardening-and school cooking, and eating-learn ethics."

Click here to download our press kit for Our Generous Garden (pdf).

Ann M. Goldbach, Principal, Woodland Elementary West School Says:

Like so many educators, I have always strived to find the perfect project where everything comes together: units of study, students, parents and the community. In our school's Harvest Garden, I finally found that project. The garden addresses multiple disciplines and modes of learning. It gives students hands-on experience in the creative arts, science and math, and in the practice of responsibility and respect.

Our garden project began four years ago with a humble but large plot of land overgrown by brush and weeds. It was the perfect spot.

Creating this garden is a cooperative effort. Landscaping firms and farmers donate their time and equipment to cultivate our land, and local businesses provide potting soil, seeds, hoses and sprinklers. In the classroom, our teachers guide students in the planting and nurturing of seeds, while school staffers manage supplies and garden equipment. Parents volunteer on planting day to help transplant our 400 second-grade students' tiny seedlings. Our local Farm Bureau sends recruits to help us plant and educate our students about the earth and the growing process. Students and their families carefully tend the garden all summer long by weeding, watering and harvesting the bountiful produce.

In fact last year alone, we donated more than 450 pounds of vegetables to our local food pantry. Many people in need benefitted from the fresh produce, and that lesson was not lost on our students.

Whether you are an educator, parent, community volunteer or care-giver, I encourage you to garden with children. Yes, it is hard work requiring "sweat equity," but the learning opportunities - for both children and adults - are worth the effort, if only to experience a child's wide-eyed interest and enthusiasm.

Our Harvest Garden has become a beloved tradition. I hope that you, too, will take steps to create a living learning environment that teaches our children not only academics, but the sense of achievement gained through cooperation and the joy of helping those in need. May your "Generous Garden" prosper!

Our Generous Garden is the only children's book that combines the concepts of:

  • Nature and the great outdoors
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Where food comes from, and how to grow your own
  • Responsibility, respect and cooperation
  • Helping others
  • Community involvement
  • Math, science and the practical arts

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Our Generous Garden

Nuestra Huerta Generosa, Our Generous Garden

The spanish version.

Here is what people are saying about Our Generous Garden

"Teaching our children how to garden is as important as just about all the other stuff they get in school. Anne has done an excellent job with this topic in Our Generous Garden. This experience should be repeated in every school in the country."

~ Mel Bartholomew
Author of Square Foot Gardening, The greatest-selling garden book in America.

"Our Generous Garden conveys a large number of positive messages that all children can benefit from, and also teaches readers about the entire process of taking care of a garden."

~ Andy Blaul
Information Director
Lake County Farm Bureau

"What a wonderful story for children to learn about the process of a garden, from the plan to the harvest. It tells the children about the fresh air, fresh healthy food and that the bountiful harvest can be shared with the community. Anyone who wants to teach the earth's amazing systems to children needs this book!"

~ Cheryl Pytlarz
Agricultural Educator

"One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is our love of nature and the outdoors. Our Generous Garden helps us do just that and more as readers are also encouraged to share the delicious fruits of their gardening labor with neighbors in need. This delightful book communicates important messages that could help improve children's health and foster future generations who love and care for the natural world."

~ Marty Kenahan
Leave No Child Indoors Regional Coordinator,

Please Visit the Generous Garden Website

Join our community garden forum: Share. Learn. Teach.

  • Learn how Our Generous Garden can raise money for your community garden efforts
  • Download and share free activities incorporating math, science, art and music that promote gardening to children year-round
  • Learn how to start your own "generous garden"
  • Share your learning garden's success story
  • Exchange tips and techniques from getting administrator buy-in to building parent support
  • Find grant opportunities and resources to help build and maintain your community garden
  • Network with like-minded gardeners

This site is a one-stop resource for educators, parents and community leaders. Visit often as content changes regularly!