Student Gardens

What are the benefits of a school vegetable garden?

  • Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and to be more knowledgeable about nutrition.
  • They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives.
  • Children who eat fruits and vegetables are more likely to carry this healthy habit into adulthood, which can prevent diet-­‐related disease over their lifetimes

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“It is inspiring to think of all the lessons that can be learned in and through a garden. Educational gardens can serve as great ways to start conversations on a variety of topics. A few ideas include, but are certainly not limited to:

Science: conservation, evolution, seasons, food (buying locally, pesticides, organic), symbiosis.

Horticulture: tending particular plants (shade v. sunlight, varying soil types, water regulation), photosynthesis, plant identification.

Art: paint or draw the creatures, plants and structures in the garden, design new paths/flower beds.

Nature & Wildlife: Ecology, habitat maintenance, insects and pollinators.

Business: Many garden products can be sold at local farmers markets giving kids an opportunity to plan small businesses that go beyond the lemonade stand.”

Originally posted: Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab