If charging a nominal club membership fee won't cover
your costs, or is out of the question, your club still has many different
avenues to seek financial support:
If it's a school-based garden, ask your principal;
sometimes there is a discretionary fund that can cover a small garden budget.
Or ask your PTO.
Another alternative is to ask permission from school
officials to contact businesses which are your school's partners and seek
donations. See if you can put a small sign on your garden to thank them.
You can try asking a garden-related business, such as
a plant nursery, landscaping company, tree-trimming company, hardware store, or
lawn service, for sponsorship funding.
Or get your students into the entrepreneurial spirit
with the No. 1 fund-raising idea for spring: a car wash!
You could also have your students sell plants and
bulbs in person, and online, through www.flowerpowerfundraising.com
Another fun idea is to purchase flats of attractive
annual flowers, and go door to door in your neighborhood, perhaps as a group,
pulling them in little red wagons, and selling four-packs or six-packs for
twice as much as you paid for them, to raise extra capital. People may be
willing to pay a little extra since you went to the work of delivering the
flowers to their door, and besides, it's hard to resist an enterprising child's
Students can mow lawns, rake leaves, plant bulbs, or
do outside chores for neighbors and friends to make some cash and do a good
deed at the same time. Always provide adult supervision and stress safety.
If your students are really enterprising, you could
"share-crop" - the students make a business arrangement with various donors to
share in the future harvest, and the donors put the money up front. This is a
miniature form of the growing "buy local" style of food purchasing:
community-supported agriculture, or CSA. It puts extra pressure on the students
to make sure to produce a good harvest, but that's not all bad!