School garden programs provide many opportunities for students and schools to build links with surrounding community for the benefit of all involved. Some ways Foodweb schools have linked with the community include:
- Parent/community volunteer help: inviting people to assist with the running of the program, supervision of a group, or maintenance of the garden space.
- Plant and produce markets at school: student or parent run, utilising student market garden and propagation small business model projects.
- Garden Afternoon teas: raise the profile of the program and school by regularly inviting parents to attend a garden afternoon tea party with food and entertainment supplied by students and the garden space.
- Adult education site: linking with local TAFE and/or higher education or adult training centres to provide mutual benefits to both projects. These relationships create opportunities for meaningful practical skill building for adult students whilst obtaining material resources for the school and garden program eg. landscape architecture students designing and installing garden/play areas on school ground. Construction of chook houses by carpentry students.
- Community environment groups: provide a demonstration site for community based sustainability education or tours.