Documentation: Photos that show the program’s garden and children’s activities related to gardening. 

Best Practice Requirements: These photos should show that at the facility: 

  • Over the course of the year, seven or more different fruits and/or vegetables are grown.
  • Children ages 2-5 do seven or more of the following activities:
    • Plan what to grow 
    • Examine seeds
    • Observe seasons and weather
    • Plant
    • Weed
    • Water
    • Observe plant growth
    • Observe pollinating insects and birds in the garden
    • Harvest

Application: Name the seven fruits and vegetables pictured and which seven of the activities on the list are pictured.


Do we need to show children at each age level (2-5) doing the activities? You do not need to show each class or each age group doing each activity. Representation of the activities being completed throughout your program is what the reviewers want to see.  Reviewers will be checking off the list of activities to make sure that seven are pictured and described on your application.

Facilities are interested in doing more gardening-related activities with our preschool children. Where can we find activity ideas? In the Farm to ECE section of the Go NAPSACC Tips & Materials library, the Gardening section has great resources.

In the photos we have, it might be hard to see all of the different fruits and vegetables being grown, can we still use these photos? Yes. On the application form, you will have the opportunity to describe what exactly is growing in the garden, so it’s okay if we can’t see everything in detail in the photos.

What if the facility doesn’t have photos of all seven types of gardening activities? Provide as many photos as possible and on the application, describe the other activities that children do.

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