• Garden Education

    Garden Education

    Our Vision Statement


    OUSD Garden Education's goal is to establish and maintain a garden in every school. School gardens provide urban children access to nature and reflect each child's inherent right to the following:


    • Access to healthy, locally-produced food
    • Understanding of food systems and the natural cycle
    • Social, economic and health justice
    • Hands-on alternatives to testing-based instruction
    • Self-reliance and character-building opportunities
    • Connection to local community


    Through school gardens, students become stewards of the environment and gain a stake in the community and the world. This empowers them to discover the connections among personal health, education and opportunity.

     About OUSD's School Garden Coordinator


    Cleveland students give a tour of the Cleveland School Garden
     OUSD's School Garden Coordinator, Grey Kolevzon, serves as:
    • the facilitator of the OUSD School Garden Council
    • liaison to Nutrition Services to promote the connections among garden-based nutrition education, the cafeteria and classroom
    • liaison among school garden coordinators
    • liaison to community-based organizations that support school gardens, garden education and nutrition education
    Grey is also available for consultation and assistance with any OUSD garden education programs, including supplies and materials, curriculum, facilities issues, program development, garden design and installation, and other direct support. 
    For more information, please contact:
    Grey Kolevzon
    OUSD Garden Education Coordinator
    (510) 776-5556