Start a Garden

Access resources for starting a garden and developing outdoor classrooms and learning spaces.



Page 95 of the APS Instructional & Operational Re-entry Plan
 states that volunteers are allowed on campus to support "campus clean up projects conducted when students are not present" including the care of school gardens (maintenance, watering, re-planting). 

Non-APS employees wanting to access school gardens as volunteers should request permission from the principal and/or the school's volunteer coordinator. 

If you have any further questions or need for support, please reach out to the APS School Garden Specialist by emailing
COVID Resources for School Gardens: 

Guidelines for COVID-Safe Gardening & Outdoor Learning - Instructional Video from Grow the Future International District, Together for Brothers 

New Mexico Outdoor Learning Guidance from EENM - NMPED Guidance for 2020-2021 School Re-entry Document 

COVID-Safe Gardening Guidelines for School & Community Gardens Document

ABQ Schools & Community Gardens Map - Map of other Albuquerque Public School Gardens, Community Gardens and small urban farms Albuquerque area 

Monthly APS School Garden Newsletter Archive  - Past newsletters including school garden highlights, announcements, & resources 

School Garden Resource Binder - Archive of local, national, & international resources:

  • Lesson plans, curriculum, and instructional videos
  • Where to get materials
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Places to visit in ABQ & local presenters to invite to your class
  • Topics related to gardening, agriculture, STEM, art, & culture

Request Help with School Garden or Outdoor Learning Space - Fill out this form to request a site visit with the APS Garden Specialist 

APS School Garden Manual (PDF) - Growing the Outdoor Classroom - A Handbook for Gardening in Albuquerque Public Schools 

Albuquerque Soil and Mulch Resources and Process for Delivery to APS (Word)

Community Event Planning Guide (PDF)

Growing Zones and Crop Varieties in NM (PDF)

Seed Order Form (Word)

Seed Viability (Word)

 Sources for Free Seeds for NM Schools (Word)


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