The Valley Food Partnership is committed to supporting community and school gardens. Since 2013, we have supported the development of five community gardens and six school gardens in Montrose County.

The Niagara Community Garden, built by the city in collaboration with the Valley Food Partnership and LiveWell Montrose Olathe, provides an outdoor gathering place that promotes healthy living and nutrition in a small community environment. 46 garden plots are available in a variety of sizes for growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

Resources for Educators

School gardens can be a learning tool for students of all ages. If you have curriculum material that you would like to share on this page, please email us.

Locally Developed Lesson Plans

Dig into our amazing local lesson plans developed by some of our very own educators and community members here in the Montrose area. There are lessons for students ranging from elementary to high school level. Take a peak at these awesome resources and see how you can plant the seeds of knowledge and engage your students at school or at home about the wonders of gardening, plant science and more!

Lesson Plans
School Gardens that Thrive – Elementary Level

Schoolyard Salsa– Elementary Level

Garden Lesson Plan Roots– 3rd Grade Level

Area and Perimeter of School Garden– 4th Grade Level

Garden Lesson Plan- Middle School Level

Garden Lesson Plan– 7th Grade Health

How Big is a Foot?– High School Level

Garden Science Curriculum

Aligned with Colorado’s Academic Standards thanks to Denver Urban Gardens

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Gardens School Garden Curriculum Download Page (K-2 or 3-5)
Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) provided all lessons compiled below from within their Garden and Nutrition Curriculum. The lessons coincide with both Earth and Life Science State Standards. It is suggested the students write the lessons down in some kind of journal. The lessons can be slightly adjusted to hit Literacy and Reading Standards as well as the Earth or Life Science Standard they already meet.

The Edible School Yard Project (PreK -12th and beyond)
Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source for Educators
This is an updated and slightly different version of the USDA’s “My Plate” nutrition guidelines. It would make a great companion to any nutrition unit.

Nourish: PBS video prompts and Multimedia Resources for Starting Conversations about Local Food Systems (k-12)
Harvest of the Month: A California Public Health Initiative that Connects School Garden Leaders, Educators, Administration, Farmers, and Nutrition Services!