Eartheasy School Garden

From launching your garden committee to hosting a school-wide ‘dig day’, learn how to start a school garden for education, eating, and fun.

Over the past decade, Eartheasy has provided schools, businesses, and government institutions with a variety of physical and digital resources to suit their specific requirements.

Whether you're a student or a teacher, to help you begin, we recommend working through the How to Start a School Garden guide which includes step-by-step processes, material lists and sample layouts.

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Funding Available
$2,000 per new project
Funded locations: Louisa County, Virginia. , Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, Virginia. , US

Funded locations:

Louisa County, Virginia. , Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, Virginia. , US

To access funding:

  • Complete a 30 Day Challenge
  • Report the impact of your project
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Wherever your school is located, a garden can offer hands-on learning that connects children to nature, their food, and one another. (Photo credit: Healthy Planet US)

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How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to start your project and access funding.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share an impact summary to access the remaining funding and continue your project.

Great for

  • Children who want to start a garden at their school
  • Teachers who want to start a garden for students
  • Anyone and everyone who wants to start a garden in their community

Eartheasy School Garden project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Form a Garden Committee
  • Determine Goals for Your Garden
  • Find Your Site
  • Plan and Design Your Site
  • Gather Materials & Dig!

Time

Suggested: As much or as little time as you have! Your garden will absorb as much time as you give it. We recommend 4-8 hours of initial planning and design time, half a day of sourcing and securing materials, one full dig day, and a few hours a week of maintenance.

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Eartheasy School Garden

40 Eartheasy School Garden projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to Eartheasy! Whatever your reasons for wanting to start a school garden, the benefits are many. So how can you help a garden come to your school? We have a great lineup of resources giving you everything you need to get growing.

Greg Seaman (founder of Eartheasy)

40 Eartheasy School Garden projects have already been started

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Members

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

  • What can funding be used for?

    Once funding is received it can be used to cover direct set-up costs of the new community project. For example space rental, insurance fees, seeds and planting materials, tools, training fees; pretty much any materials you might need for a project that benefits your community.

    Funds cannot be used for the costs of work that has already been carried out, costs unrelated to the setup and maintenance of the new project, payments to group members for their work on the project. Funds can’t be used for the promotion of religious causes, non-charitable activities, sponsorship or fundraising events. Please read the terms and conditions for further details.

  • How do I know if there is funding available?

    On idea pages, if there is funding available for the idea in your region you will see “Funding available” and the region listed in the turquoise box. When you first login you will also see a green banner at the top of the screen saying “live funds near you” if there is funding available in your region. The ChangeX homepage will feature those live funds near you.

    A note on the waitlist: when all the funding has been allocated to applicants, new applicants will go on a waitlist. If some applicants that are in the fund don’t successfully complete the 30 Day Challenge their funding will be released and can be then allocated to those on the waitlist. To see if you are going on a waitlist check the main fund page, ideas fully allocated will have the note “Join the waitlist” instead of “Apply to start”.

  • What is ChangeX?

    ChangeX is a platform that connects communities to proven ideas and funding.

    By empowering local changemakers with proven ideas from social innovators and accessible funding from our partners, we aim to build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. Our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and together with our partners, we aim to impact 1 billion people globally by 2030.

    • Communities: Get the funding, resources and support you need to start impactful projects in your community.
    • Social innovators: Connect with local changemakers, access funding to scale your idea, and impact more communities globally.
    • Funders: Fund the themes and regions they care most about, with measurable impact, and at global scale.

    We believe that by bringing the best social innovations and the world’s changemakers together in a shared community, we can accelerate the spread of innovations across the world and have a bigger impact. Together we aim to unleash the potential of changemakers by enabling collaboration, by sharing knowledge and resources, by connecting changemakers across different disciplines and innovations and by opening up access to the world’s best proven social innovations to everyone.

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