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Benefits of a School Garden

The use of a garden has positive, educationally altering effects.  As further evidence by “Gardens for Learning” published by the Collective School Garden Network it has been stated that:

Educational philosophers going back to the 17th century have promoted the use of gardening to achieve learning objectives and support the mental, emotional, and social development of youth. Students enjoy gardening activities, and teachers and parents say that gardening programs:

  • Address multiple learning styles

  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary lessons

  • Improve environmental attitudes

  • Promote good nutrition and exercise

  • Teach patience and responsibility

  • Instill a positive work ethic

  • Increase students’ self-esteem

  • Build classroom relationships, improve teamwork, and strengthen school spirit

  • Beautify the environment

 

In addition to anecdotal evidence, a growing body of research-based literature supports the use of youth gardens as a beneficial teaching tool. Research has found that participation in youth gardening programs can have the following impacts on students:

  • Increase science achievement scores

  • Improve social skills and behavior

  • Improve life skills, including working with groups and self-understanding

  • Improve environmental attitudes

  • Increase interest in eating fruits and vegetables and improve attitude toward fruits and vegetables