Category Archives: School Garden News

School Garden News – Malta

Typical Maltese Garden Opened

…Seeks to nurture increased environmental awareness amongst children…Minister Pullicino praised the children who helped during the construction of this garden.

He lauded the success of the Eko-skola, that aims at mobilising schools to empower students to adopt an active role in environmental in their school and community. This project sees the participation of 25,000 primary school students from 54 schools. He added that discussions are underway to include secondary school children in this project.

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School Garden News – California

School Gardens Take Root in L.A.
California School Garden Network and Network for a Healthy California – Los Angeles Unified School District, in partnership with Western Growers, the California Instructional School Garden Program and the UC Cooperative Extension’s Common Ground Program hosted a “Growing Healthy with School Gardens” – a school garden resource fair in Los Angeles.

The Oct. 6 resource fair was at Harmony Elementary School in Los Angeles from 8 a.m. to noon. Western Growers provided free, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks at the event. Additionally, more than 30,000 seedlings were available for teachers who are interested in launching or enhancing their own school garden.

California Secretary of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura, addressed the teachers and principals in attendance, speaking about the important role school gardens play on campus as “learning laboratories.”

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School Garden News – Oregon

Hamlin Garden Keeps on Growing

Jared Pruch, director of the School Garden Project, visited Hamlin’s garden this summer and said the site is “a great example” of what can be accomplished.

Hamlin is one of four Springfield schools that belong to the School Garden Project, a grassroots nonprofit group that provides training and support to member schools.

“We really think being able to connect kids to the food they eat is an important part of their education,” Pruch says.

School Garden News – Wisconsin

Garden of Earthly Delights at Midvale

About 80 kindergarten through second-grade students at Midvale used pint-sized shovels Monday to help finish a tree-planting project begun during the weekend. It’s part of a brand-new community orchard at their school, the final step in developing a garden for the community at the west side school.

“The last part of the landscape plan for the garden called for an edible border, so I checked out what might be available on the Internet,” said Nancy Gutknecht, one of the organizers of the community garden at Midvale.

She learned that a California-based nonprofit organization called the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation provides grants for planting orchards all over the world where there is a need.
Those orchards provide fresh fruit as part of a healthy diet and lessons in environmental sustainability.

“I sent the foundation an e-mail, and they were interested in our school project. It seemed too good to be true, but it’s gone so smoothly,” Gutknecht said.

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School Garden News – Kansas

Growing Healthier Kids – Study Pits Gardening Against Childhood Obesity

Many of us love talking about the growth of flowers, trees and shrubs, but they’re not the only things blossoming before our eyes.

Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Nearly one-third of U.S. children are overweight, according to the Annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This trend is particularly troublesome because it can start kids on a path to health problems once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, menstrual problems, trouble sleeping and asthma.

But Candice Shoemaker, associate professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources at Kansas State University, hopes to do something about it. She has received a grant for $1.04 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Institute to study whether gardening can promote healthier lifestyles.

The study — Project PLANTS (Promoting Lifelong Activity and Nutrition Through Schools) — was inspired by Shoemaker’s experience, shortly after starting at K-State in 2001, of implementing the Junior Master Gardener Health and Nutrition Through the Garden program at elementary schools.

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School Garden News – United Kingdom

School Food is Winning Young Fans

“One of the major reasons the meal-uptake of healthy school food has been so dramatic is the effect that the school garden has had on the pupils.

All students, from reception to year 6 are involved in the process of planting, watering and digging up vegetables, both during lesson-time and as an after-school activity.It teaches the children the variety of produce available in Britain and encourages them to try new vegetables, such as marrows, pumpkins and radishes, which are either eaten raw during break-times, or incorporated into the school meals by the head chef. Fruit trees have also recently been planted in the garden to further the pupils understanding, and while they begin to bear produce, local residents have donated their own apples and pears to be incorporated into school meals.”

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School Garden News – Pennsylvania

Students Reap Rewards From Garden Program

“The children are really excited about the fact they grew something. They put it in the garden and it actually flourished,” Schwartz said. The students celebrated the fruits of their labors at a back-to-school night Sept. 12.

“I think it was a wonderful program. The students learned a lot about science, but they also learned a lot about helping others,” said Kimberly A. Fetter, All Saints principal.

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