School Garden Manager Program




Enmarket and Healthy Savannah selected Savannah Urban Garden Alliance as the 2017 Encourage Health grant recipient.
All $1,000 check presentations will take place during the luncheon dates below:
April 25: Howard Morrison will present “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” The selected organization will be the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance.
June 27: Dr. Robert Rollings will present “7 Ways Your Heart Health is Linked to a Healthy Lifestyle.” The selected organization will be Savannah Striders.
August 22: Dr. Patricia Stewart and Margaret L. Clay will present “AROMATHERAPY: How are Essential Oils Making a Place in Healthcare?” The selected organization will be The Living Vine.
October 24: Davana Pilczuk, PhD, an expert in the field of human performance with Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, will present “Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to Health.” The selected organization will be the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
Each of the presentations in the 2017 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series will take place at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SUGA’s Presentation will happen at the April 25th Event.  RSVP Below!

School Garden Manager Statement of Purpose

By hiring and implementing a School Garden Manager, SUGA’s goal is to increase the use of existing school gardens into the existing everyday curriculum by alleviating the time constraints that basic garden maintenance demands from the teachers.


Benefits of a successful School Garden Program

A comprehensive amount of research has shown that garden-based learning contributes to increased nutrition awareness, environmental awareness, learning achievements, life skills, health and wellness.

The proliferation of school gardens has led to an abundance of existing and reviewed curricula, making it easy for teachers to incorporate this dynamic learning environment into their class schedules and lesson plans.

Purpose of Program

This proposal increases the viability of school gardens by addressing some of the most prevalent factors that contribute to the failure of school gardens.

The time, knowledge base and experience necessary for the implementation and regular maintenance of a school garden are often beyond the scope of the teachers or volunteers who wish to utilize a school garden for educational purposes.

Often, this leads to the physical deterioration of the garden, resulting in the inability for its continued integration into curricula.

Given SUGA’s previous success in the facilitation of a garden manager at the West Broad YMCA, a clear precedent has been set on how a third party organization that possesses the combined experience and knowledge base, is best suited to implement and administer a Garden Manager Program; thus alleviating the burden from the SCCPSS board and staff.

Background Information

The mission of the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) is to increase access and awareness to local, healthy food, one garden at a time. We are cultivating a gardening movement in Savannah’s communities through outreach, education and support.

SUGA provides interactive children’s exhibits and workshops throughout the year at area events, in addition to conducting educational and community building  events of their own.

Current initiatives include a garden tool drive that will result in the distribution or loan of tools, for free, to area gardens.

SUGA also hosts a monthly networking event for gardeners and their supporters, building awareness and community amongst area gardens.

The SUGA website continues to develop as an online resource, mapping resources and area gardens, offering a forum for increased and curated information exchange, and newsletter for current events.


Scope of Work

Duties of the School Garden Manager will include, but not be limited to the following:

        1. Review applications for participation in the program and offer recommendations for review by the SUGA Garden Committee.
        2. Consult with school staff or counterparts on the  resources needed to maintain the garden. This may include procurement, construction or repair of garden resources; such as irrigation, water catchment systems, beds, planters, compost bins, etc.
        3. Consult on a production schedule, i.e. the planning of crop rotations, indicating when to grow and harvest crops.
        4. Consult on the purchasing of additional materials.
        5. Maintain garden beds (fertilizing, weeding, watering)
        6. Oversee the general quality of the garden and identifying problems—insects, weeds, diseases—and finding solutions to the problems.
        7. Consult or oversee the harvesting and preparing of produce for market or consumption.
        8. Plant and maintain cover crops as other crops stop producing.
        9. Plant propagation as needed.
        10. Maintain regular communication with any entities with whom the garden works, including the school faculty, PTA, and other organizations who benefit from utilizing the garden.
        11. Additional provisions to be included in the Contractors Agreement, signed and agreed, between SUGA and the SGM.

The SGM will not provide any educational programing at participating schools, nor will the SGM provide financial support or materials related to the construction or repair of a school garden.

Outcome and Performance Standards

Gardens included under the program will be sufficiently maintained to increase their viability by addressing all factors likely to contribute to failure.

A minimum of one working visit per week to maintain and monitor the garden is required. More visits may be required to water the garden, depending on the type of watering system and the level of involvement with the teachers and students.

A minimum of two working visits per week during three the school breaks (Fall, Winter, Spring) is required, as well as one working visit per month during the summer break.

All work must be coordinated with school representatives to ensure that it does not interfere with teaching schedules.

SUGA will directly evaluate the productivity of the SGM via site visits, as well as through feedback provided by school representatives.

Term of Contract

Position runs April 1 to Dec. 31.   $300/a month per school

Awarded Contract

SUGA awarded the School Garden Manager contract to Victory Gardens for the 2016 contract period.  We are looking forward to reporting back about the progress of this manager soon!