Category Archives: School Garden News

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.

Read more about The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

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.

Complete article can be found here

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.”

Complete article can be found here

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.

Complete article can be found here

School Garden News – United Nations

U.N. Garden Program Rolls into Schools

Students at two city school soon will share tips with students around the world on how to grow Swiss chard in a box, through a United Nations program called Growing Connection.

To demonstrate how that works, Robert Patterson, a senior liaison from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Tuesday brought EarthBox container gardens from Washington, D.C., to Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School and Benjamin Jepson School. He walked into Barnard hauling behind him an EarthBox, a plastic container garden with wheels, that overflowed with ruby-veined Swiss chard.
Complete article can be found here

For more info on the The Growing Connection:
http://www.ahs.org/youth_gardening/growing_connection.htm

School Garden News – South Africa

A Dream Garden Turns into Reality
“MAKHOARANE School, the winners of last year’s City Parks’ My Dream Park competition, has seen its dry and dusty playgrounds turned into green oasis, with newly planted trees, a water feature and new swings and slides.”
Complete article can be found here

School Garden News – Australia

Garden Path to Health
“Purple carrots, black tomatoes and a trout called Elvis have children at Southmoor Primary School in Moorabbin lining up early for classes to tend their school garden. It’s all part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, designed to encourage fearless food attitudes in a convenience-bent generation.”

Complete article Can be found here:
http://www.theage.com.au/news/epicure/garden-path-to-health/2007/09/10/1189276602136.html