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How Do You Say “Rake” In Spanish? – Spanish Language Garden Resources

Over the years we have been asked, "Do you have any garden-based education resources in Spanish?"

Here's a nice collection of resources for teaching and working in school and community gardens with Spanish speakers:


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GREAT RESOURCE – Red Internacional de Huertos Escolares una herramienta para el intercambio de experiencias, recursos e inspiración.
Sembremos Ciencia and Conciencia – Manual De Huertos Escolares  from LabVida

The Life Lab Science K-5 Curriculum is a garden-based science curriculum which is in written in English with Spanish language handouts, parent letters, and lab pages. It is the most thorough resource that we have seen for teaching garden-based content to K-5 Spanish speakers. LLS was the main resource for our Language Acquisition and Science Education for Rural Schools program.

Here are some other resources for connecting garden education to Spanish speakers. If you have some to add to our list please do so in the comments section below.

Life Lab's Getting Started was translated into Spanish under the direction of Susan Stansbury of Mountain View – Wiseman School District School Garden Program. Comenzando is a 34 page thorough guide for starting a school garden.

The LA Common Ground Garden Program has a School Garden Start Up Guide in Spanish and English found on their school gardens resource page. This 5 page handout highlights the basics for starting a program.

Project EAT, which supports school gardens in the Hayward School District translated some of the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshop resources in to Spanish. They used these documents to help train community members and parents that were supporting school gardens. Find documents on the following: CA Frost Guide, Garden Tool List, Crop Planning Chart and Planting Guide, Introduction to Annual and Perennial Plants, Outdoor Classroom Management, Basic Garden Bed Types, Harvest Tips, and a Garden Feature Planning Chart.  View the Spanish versions here. Thanks to Ottilla Cross from the Silicon Valley Health Trust for translation of additional materials.

We translated the What do School Gardens Look Like PowerPoint presentation of the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden PowerPoint presentation for a workshop we did for Mexican and Central American community organizers. View and download it here.

A Garden of Words/Un jardín de palabras is a bilingual gardening dictionary for schools and after-school gardening programs, produced by University of California Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 30 color-coded pages provide translations of tools, measurements, conversions, phrases, and fruits and vegetable names. Download at

Nutrition Education Materials and Posters from USDA Team Nutrition includes these and others:

Seed to Salad, developed by Ithaca's Children Garden in NY, is an after-school or winter-spring school based program for sowing, growing, and eating a salad.

The Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. They have Spanish language student handouts.

Básico Manual de Jardinería Preescolar en el Sur de California by June 12th, 2013, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College (pdf) Original source at

CityBlossoms Spanish Language Resources include Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha, a bilingual year-round ECE curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons and Garden Gastronomy/Gastronomía del Jardín is filled with 27 beloved recipes free tasting lessons include lesson plans, farmer letters, food history, and nutrition information for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6.

The Community Agroecology Network created an International Youth Nework Curriculum. A seven module Spanish language curriculum that share their program skills and knowledge of youth working in food education programs in Latin America. 


For Growers and Market Gardeners

Ecology Action and John Jeavons have created many bio-intensive gardening guides in Spanish. Download them at their publications page.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has great collection of publications for farmers and market gardeners in Spanish. They also have a monthly newsletter called Cosecha Mensual.


Oh, if you are still wondering how to say rake in Spanish it's rastrillo 😉

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