School gardens are one component of a farm to school program. Gardens can be a part of the daily life of a school through classroom curriculum integration, providing food to the cafeteria, and through community engagement. School gardens come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in different ways, but they are an easy way to teach students about where food comes from and seasonality. Patience is also key!
What are the benefits of a school garden?
- Increase academic achievement
- Create a positive learning environment for teachers and students
- Increase children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Enhance psychosocial development of youth
- Serve as a valuable tool in educational engagement