Gardens for Schools

School GardensMy good friend Morgan Dragonwillow recently introduced me to the idea of school gardens.  The idea is like that of a community garden, but in this case, the community is the students.  The kids plant the seeds, weed, water, watch nature unfold, and ultimately harvest the fruits of their labors.

It’s an idea so simple and beautiful, and so obvious I can’t believe that every school doesn’t do it.

There are so many benefits:

  • Kids learn teamwork as they work together to accomplish a goal
  • Learning is hands on, and there’s none of that, “Where am I going to use this in the real world?” stuff.  A garden is the real world.
  • Gardening is active.  It’s real exercise.  (I was never athletic.  I hated sports and gym class.  I would have loved a garden.)
  • Kids are more likely to try new, healthy foods when they have a hand in growing those foods themselves.
  • There are numerous opportunities to apply classroom learning from science and ecology to math skills, following directions, responsibility…

The list goes on.

If you are interested in learning more, and maybe even in working with your local schools to start a school garden project, Here are a couple of links for more information:

And please like and share the Gardens in Schools Facebook page.  Morgan has been posting links to lots of great information for schoolyard gardens.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are or how big or small your school.  All kids can benefit from the things they can learn in a garden.

 

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4 thoughts on “Gardens for Schools

  1. I am going to keep this post bookmarked for when Cayden starts school (in 3-4 years 😛 ) and suggest it to his principal. I would have LOVED having a garden in school as well, the most we did was take beans home to grow (in grade 1 or so), and we had a pet hamster in grade 2 i think.

    If not in schools, I will definitely be attempting to garden with Cayden at home (i need to find my green thumb first…)

  2. The school that our kids attend have a vegie patch that they help tend, and they take great pride in it, and using some of the ingredients they harvest to cook. It’s a great initiative!

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