the story of a teaching/learning garden (general) (focus (learning (From…
the story of a teaching/learning garden (general)
From BigGreen (a large US org): "Learning Gardens are dynamic outdoor classrooms, maximizing space efficiency so that they can be installed in any schoolyard." also "LGs are dynamic outdoor classrooms and productive edible gardens, installed in underserved schools around the country."
Increased academic engagement and achievement
increased knowledge: food systems, agriculture, etc.
growing toward a cause
donating food to food bank
sustainability / environmental awareness
"Grow-Share-Prepare" - Sustainable Food Center in Texas
"Garden-themed lessons teach nutrition, math, science, and other subjects all while having fun in the fresh air and working with your hands." - AHA
interact with the environment
"stimulate children's curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities" - Toronto BG
fun and interactive
"bringing these subjects to life" -Nutrients for Life Canada
Children's Sensory Garden
learning new things
Teaching Apiary at Sustainable Food Center in Texas
"explore how modern agriculture, gardening, and plant growth play a valuable role in food production, health, and sustainability?" -Nutrients for Life Canada
build community - through active participation
SFC: "We cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food."
SFC's Grow Local program: "improves community health by helping people gain skills, access land, and find resources to grow food. We envision a world in which everyone can use sustainable gardening practices to grow healthy food. We support community leaders in strengthening their local food system through home, school, and community gardens."
opportunities to work together
"connect with the surrounding community and nurture engaged citizens who are passionate about the impact of food security and global issues through effective, experiential scientific learning opportunities. With a learning garden at your school, you help students explore and experience the science behind food production while positively contributing to your community" - Nutrients for Life Canada
American Heart Association: "Teaching Gardens planted in elem. schools across the country that become real-life learning laboratories for students to learn what it means to be healthy"
"Garden-based nutrition intervention programs can promote increased fruit and vegetable intake among children" - AHA
"Studies show that healthy behavior positively impacts learning" - AHA
school programs/field trips
aligned with curriculum
volunteer work parties
cooking classes (with garden produce)
demonstration gardens (plant, cultivate, sow)