We have been getting a lot of questions about the "next step" of school gardens.. raising poultry or bees in your school garden. Below are some resources we've compiled to help you out!
Oregon "Chicken and Bee" school list. This is a list compiled of all the schools in Oregon that currently raise chickens and bees. It's a good support group to ask each other questions, and find out what has worked with folks who have gone through this before!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to start raising chickens or bees at your school, so the Oregon Farm to School program can support you and add you to the list!
Here is a guide to raising chickens in school gardens by our friends in Washington DC that outlines the process safely.
Here are the Denver Public Schools protocols for raising poultry.
10 mistakes folks make when making chicken coops
Do you want to use eggs in your cafeteria? Before you start down this road, here is a handout that lays out the exact things needed in order to do this legally.
One of the best bee plans I've ever seen is done by Portland State University. It looks like they've anticipated any possible problem, and it would be a good place to look when you're designing your program. They have a managing risk worksheet, maintenance calendar, standard operating procedures and more. See their five year plan here.
Bees in the school garden, by Edible Schoolyard, Berkely CA
Whole Kids Foundation Honey Bee Grant Program: Although the 2017 grant is closed, their website shown here has many resources such as honey bee curriculum, activities, and much more.