Ground Works/South Dakota Ag in the Classroom

Our Three Program Areas

Teaching Gardens:

Ground Works is committed to providing innovative education resources to elementary and middle school teaching garden programs that inspire students, teachers, and communities. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, the non-profit, Ground Works, provides innovative resources and technical support to elementary and middle school teaching garden programs in South Dakota.  With the goal of 20 teaching gardens by 2021, the Ground Works school teaching garden network inspires learners:


  •  To excel academically

  •  To practice the skills of being a great neighbor

  •  To begin habits for personal wellness

  •  To engage in environmental stewardship

Ground Works is an independent network of teaching gardens. The network extends 125 miles from Sioux Falls, SD to SW Minnesota & NW Iowa, thus lending a Midwest element to Ground Works.

Ground Works uses raised garden beds which measure 4'x10'x24", are ADA compliant, aesthetically pleasing, and ensure ease of access for both students and teachers. Ground Works partners with its own "garden engineers" who are trained Master Gardeners to develop the best building plans and materials.


YES! camps:

YES! camps exist to inspire a new way of thinking about healthy eating and the world we live in. Exposure to growing plants and agricultural awareness impacts the consumption of healthy foods. Hands-on-learning can change current and future behaviors and attitudes towards food, health, and agriculture. YES! camp programming was designed to combine the important ideas used in both Teaching Gardens and South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom. This 4-Module day camp setting supports lessons already being taught in schools through science, math, art, health, and wellness.


South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom:

Ground Works has taken the existing South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program and created the South Dakota Road Trip. This is an interactive virtual road trip that takes students and classrooms through the history and geography of South Dakota. All the while, students are taught the foundations of agriculture as it is rich in South Dakota’s history and economy.