School gardens can be a beautiful and bountiful resource for students, educators, and their communities. They offer innumerable curriculum connections for all grades and in all subjects, and they reinforce academic concepts with engaging, relevant, hands-on experience. Recent and emerging studies repeatedly demonstrate the benefits of school gardens, including improvements in academic skills, social skills, psychological health, and physical health and nutrition. School gardens also beautify the grounds, allowing students to participate directly in improving their school and their community. Teachers and students alike enjoy having school gardens as a place to learn, work, play, explore, relax, and have fun.
Learn More – here are a few of the many resources available on school gardening
National Gardening Association: http://www.kidsgardening.org/
Let’s Move: http://www.letsmove.gov/gardening-guide
How to Get Started (and then some): http://www.schoolgardenwizard.org/
Article (Time for Kids): “Lessons from the Garden”
Article (Parade Magazine): “Breaking New Ground”