School Gardening

The mission of the School Gardening Program at WHRI is to partner with local organizations in developing healthy, sustainable communities through the education and exploration of healthy, sustainable food systems. We also support the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition (HOT UGC) in many community wide initiatives.

Our vision for the School Gardening Program is to focus on our school gardens as a hub that connects us to the surrounding neighborhoods and broader Waco community. By focusing on our school gardens, we hope to expand the school gardening program to include more aspects of community development in the neighborhoods surrounding our pilot school(s).

15177_10152181327667327_7293432957834174181_nWorld Hunger Relief, Inc. is involved with J.H. Hines Elementary and Indian Springs Middle School.

Through these programs, students Garden Club JH Hines0037discover how to grow and take care of both ornamental plants and food crops. These programs get the students involved in the garden with hands-on activities such as planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, watering plants, pulling weeds, harvesting vegetables, and composting yard waste.  Students see science in action and learn life science essentials such as the needs of plants, the parts of a plant, and the process of photosynthesis. Gardening emphasizes many of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives across subject areas, and helps students improve health & diet habits, develop communication skills, understand food system issues, and practice good citizenship.

We partner closely with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition in providing these gardening clubs.  We receive financial support from the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, Cooper Foundation, Darden Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation.  We are also a Waco ISD Partner in Education through their Adopt A School program.

If you are interested in School Garden Coordinator work, please apply for a Local Education position as we are updating our job descriptions.


Download the Central Texas Community Gardening Manual (Suggested $5 donation)


Hard copies may be ordered for $15 plus $5 shipping by calling (254) 799-5611 or e-mailing



In the News:

Waco students learn about food production at World Hunger Relief

Waco and MLK Day – Waco Tribune Herald – January 2009

For King Holiday, Calling All Volunteers – The Washington Post – January 2009

Community gardens taking Root in Waco – The Waco Tribune Herald July 2008