School Gardens

School gardens provide plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning in a beautifully landscaped space that welcomes community members and visitors. From biology and environmental studies to food sciences and health, edible gardens allow students to experience the outdoors and get their hands dirty while also working their minds. Transforming existing turf grass to edible gardens benefits the environment, student and staff life, and the aesthetics of school grounds through:

  • Significant reduction of irrigation water use
  • Access to fresh organic fruits, veggies and herbs
  • Opportunity for extended learning in bioregional ecosystems, plant life, food production, healthy lifestyles and more!
  • Space for students to work with their hands and build teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens maintained by our staff

We work with schools in Reno to establish a living, fertile space where students, staff and the community can learn and grow together. To find out how your children can learn in the garden, give us a call at 775.747.2222 or email tom (at)

Previous Projects


Hug High School Demonstration Garden

In 2010, the River School Farm installed a quarter acre demonstration garden to teach students about Reno’s bioregional ecosystems and edible landscapes. The garden features a Great Basin Zone of drought tolerant plants from our watershed, a Sierra Nevada Mountain Zone including a food forest of small fruit trees and perennial herbs as well as streamside plants, and a Vegetable Garden, where students learn about our environment, plant growth, soil fertility, healthy eating and food issues. Over the past three years, the demonstration gardens at Hug High have used 5 times less water for irrigation than the preexisting turf grass. Learning opportunities, beautiful green life, and significantly less water usage are just some of the successes experienced by the Hugh High Community.

But don’t just take our word for it, check out what others are saying about our school gardens.

Current Projects

Reed High School Demonstration Garden – Preliminary Concept Plan

We are currently in the planning phases of a demonstration garden at Reed High School in Sparks. Up to an acre of existing turf grass will be transformed into bioregional Great Basin and Sierra Nevada gardens, including a food forest and a stream-side garden. A vegetable garden is also planned to provide fresh food to Reed High and to function as a space for extended learning, hands-on activities and teamwork skill building. Partners include Urban Roots and Truckee Meadow Water Authority.

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