Top Ten Reasons Why School Gardens are an Excellent Idea
Magic happens when a child harvests a vegetable he or she has planted
and nurtured. The child will want to eat it! It will increase interest
and improve attitudes towards eating fruits and vegetables.
Students will learn where food really comes from - a carrot grows in
the ground, a green bean on a vine and Brussels sprouts on a stalk!
School gardens foster an increased awareness of environmental issues.
They will learn to respect and care for the soil, where our food comes
4. They will get to share their bounty with their
classmates. Eating with their peers is one of the most important
motivators for children to try new foods.
5. It gives children
an opportunity to be outside and away from computer screens and, at the
same time, significantly increase science achievement scores.
They improve self esteem, behavior, social skills and interpersonal
relationships as well as help develop life skills including working
7. Research by Columbia Teachers College shows
that hands-on gardening and cooking programs are the two things that
are actually effective in behavior change; they get kids to eat more
8. The gardens are beautiful spaces that connect
students to their school and help them develop a sense of pride and
ownership, which in turn improves attitudes towards school and
9. They provide opportunities for community involvement including neighbors, volunteers, parents, and local businesses.
School gardens promote good nutrition and exercise. The health of our
kids and the health of our planet are fundamentally connected.
Thanks so much for your vote and your enthusiasm for this cause!