Thursday, September 22, 2016

Schools: Arizona regulations for using rainwater or use compost on your school garden

Submitted by Richard Sidy, Gardens for Humanity

Be sure to follow the State regulations in your school gardens.

Credit: Patty West, Verde Valley School garden
Here is a link to the AZDHS school garden main page. Their specific regulations for school produced compost and harvested rainwater are called "attestations" and are found elsewhere on the site.

School Gardens home: http://azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/food-safety-environmental-services/index.php#school-garden-program-home

Guidelines for school gardens: http://www.azdhs.gov/documents/director/administrative-counsel-rules/rules/guidance/gd-105-phs-edc.pdf

Brochure (I think this has the most complete and concise information and relates to what we are doing): http://azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/food-safety-environmental-services/school-garden-program/school-garden-brochure.pdf

Some regulations have recently changed due to more school gardens and more demand to use food produced in school cafeterias. The map on the main page shows AZDHS certified school throughout the state including Verde Valley School.