How Did it Start:

Hope Gardenier from School Sprouts  started one of the first Springfield School gardens;

She provided curriculum and staff to train teachers on how to implement the curriculum and use the garden as an outdoor classroom in 2009 at Zanetti Elementary. At the same time, Patrick Sullivan from Facilities Management and Ron ST Amand District Science Department head started a School Garden Advisory Board. They appointed John Alphin as the School Garden Coordinator.

Now - Springfield School Gardens

29 Schools have outdoor Gardens

14 indoor gardens under lights

5 have Hydroponic Indoor Gardens

These schools gardens produce food for the students that participate in them

29 Springfield Public School Sites

The National Wildlife Federation and Lego provided us with a grant with curriculum for students to design and implement the Monarch Recovery Pollinator Gardens

Get in touch with the Springfield Public Schools Garden Coordinator:

Rel Antosca
(they/them or she/her)
Garden Coordinator
413-787-7111 Ext. 66115