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The School Garden Doctor

Sustaining school gardens in the 21st century.

Our mission is to empower teachers, schools, and communities to grow school gardens were children engage in authentic science learning, practice mindful habits, and become environmental stewards.

Engage ~ Practice ~ Become


Exploring and investigating in a garden promotes scientific habits of mind.

Gardening supports mental and physical health and contributes to overall wellbeing.

Connecting with nature teaches how care for ourselves and the Earth.

Look how we’ve grown!


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young women grew their interest in STEM careers through engaging in the Dirt Girls after school garden club.

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elementary level teachers grew expertise with integrating cooking and gardening into the curriculum.

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donors supported our effort to raise $10,000 for Dirt Girls.

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community partners collaborated to bring Projects like like Garden-to-Cafeteria and Farm-to-School to Napa County.

Leadership & Programs

The School Garden Doctor was founded in 2018 by Carrie Strohl, whose vision is to support gardens that thrive–not just survive. We reach teachers, schools, and the community through three signature programs:

  • Dirt Girls STEM Program
  • the Common Core Cooking Collective
  • Youth Birding

With a Ph.D. in education, Carrie promotes an evidence-based approach to direct service, curricular integration, and professional learning. She is available on a contract basis for grant-writing, program evaluation, and garden design services.

Community Minded

The founder and leader of The School Garden Doctor is an active member of the community, often volunteering time and expertise to benefit other nonprofit or civic organizations.

Asset Focused

All gardens have weedy patches or broken tools. The School Garden Doctor focuses on positive attributes of a garden and works to maximize the learning potential of a space.

Consensus Driven

The School Garden Doctor embraces collaboration and a collective decision making to eliminate barriers to sustaining well-loved gardens.

Gleaning the Field

a monthly blog dedicated to sharing evidence-based practices to sustain school gardens