Get permission and commitment from the district, principal, staff, parents and community–grow support before you grow your garden. Once your group has agreed upon a vision, you need to get the entire school community on board. Their permission, support and assistance will be critical to the success of your garden. Try to bolster support from these groups:
District level—Superintendent, maintenance and operations
School level—Principal, teachers, PTA/PTSA, janitorial staff
Community—Potential supporters/donors from the community. Let them know how supporting the garden can help them–offer signage in the garden, grand opening honors, service to the community, thank you letters/posters, media coverage.
City partners—City Council, City Manager, Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments
Local businesses—nurseries, lumber yards, hardware stores, banks, health organizations, supermarkets