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If charging a nominal club membership fee won't cover your costs, or is out of the question, your club still has many different avenues to seek financial support:


§         If it's a school-based garden, ask your principal; sometimes there is a discretionary fund that can cover a small garden budget.


§         Or ask your PTO.


§         Another alternative is to ask permission from school officials to contact businesses which are your school's partners and seek donations. See if you can put a small sign on your garden to thank them.


§         You can try asking a garden-related business, such as a plant nursery, landscaping company, tree-trimming company, hardware store, or lawn service, for sponsorship funding.


§         Or get your students into the entrepreneurial spirit with the No. 1 fund-raising idea for spring: a car wash!


§         You could also have your students sell plants and bulbs in person, and online, through


§         Another fun idea is to purchase flats of attractive annual flowers, and go door to door in your neighborhood, perhaps as a group, pulling them in little red wagons, and selling four-packs or six-packs for twice as much as you paid for them, to raise extra capital. People may be willing to pay a little extra since you went to the work of delivering the flowers to their door, and besides, it's hard to resist an enterprising child's smile!


§         Students can mow lawns, rake leaves, plant bulbs, or do outside chores for neighbors and friends to make some cash and do a good deed at the same time. Always provide adult supervision and stress safety.


§         If your students are really enterprising, you could "share-crop" - the students make a business arrangement with various donors to share in the future harvest, and the donors put the money up front. This is a miniature form of the growing "buy local" style of food purchasing: community-supported agriculture, or CSA. It puts extra pressure on the students to make sure to produce a good harvest, but that's not all bad!


By Susan Darst Williams • • Planning 04 © 2010



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