School Gardens in the News

1) San Diego, CA
BRETT: Gardens are a solid investment

My first thought when I read that Paul Ecke Central Elementary in Encinitas was awarded a $30,000 grant for a school garden was, “that seems like a lot of money to invest in a garden.” Then I thought again.

I thought about things that children need to grow up strong and healthy: exercise, fresh air, nutritious food, a connection to living things and a sense of purpose and achievement.

2) Franklin TN
Garden designed for math, science

Raised flowerbeds in the shapes of trapezoids, triangles and pentagons are just the beginnings of a new math tool for Freedom Intermediate School students.

Between two classroom wings at the school, the garden will feature native Tennessee plants and will give students a chance to visually and physically understand basic math concepts.

3) Jacksonville, FL
Ortega Elementary students sell produce to benefit food bank

In late September, about 20 students from Ortega Elementary School got their hands dirty by digging in the dirt.

After a lot of hard work and dirty nails, they had a garden filled with seeds that would one day reap banana peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

4) Columbia, SC
Students harvesting rewards of gardening

Seventh-grader Chauncey Rogers was so interested in his first gardening experiences at school, he asked if he could have a plant to take home. He dug a hole for the collards in his backyard, gave them a good watering and has kept an eye on them ever since.

5) Missoula, MT
Lowell School selling cookbook with recipes inspired by student garden

When Lowell School put in a garden last spring, all who call the school home – its students, teachers and parents – learned far more than how to grow food. They found inspiration in the humble, daily work it takes for a garden to come to life.

It was so much fun, and so rewarding, that the school community set about a plan to keep the garden going. What better way than to create a cookbook with recipes the students and their families used when they harvested the school’s bounty?

6) Lake Charles, LA
Local students grow food for good cause

Months of hard work in the garden are paying off for students at Ralph F. Wilson Elementary School. This week students are picking the harvested fall crops they have been growing since September.

“This is the first time we’ve actually harvested,” says Linda Hooper, a fifth grade teacher at Ralph F. Wilson Elementary.

7) Pune, India
Now, medicinal plants to take root in city schools

With the intention of taking students back to grandmother’s remedies and to the wonders of ayurvedic/herbal medicines, the directorate of social forestry will introduce the concept of herbal gardens in various schools across the state from early 2010.

The directorate will set up the herbal gardens under the promotional scheme of the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Government of India.

8) Portland, OR
Woodward Gardens, Mary Woodward Elementary School

Woodward Gardens is seen as an outdoor extension of Mary Woodward’s Science Program. All aspects of the Garden can only occur from cooperation. This cooperation involves cooperation of the children with one another and their teachers and parents. There are a lot of parents who garden, but who hadn’t realized that their skills could be valuable to teachers tight on time and resources. Our garden coordinator arranges for appropriate resource people or parents to help with outdoor or classroom learning sessions, maintain a resource closet, plan lessons and plantings with teachers, and oversee garden maintenance. Students help fund ongoing supplies with our annual plant sale. The development of this garden has resulted in a greater variety of learning experiences, a sense of stewardship for our natural resources in our children, and stronger ties to the community.

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