Gardening can bring any aspect of the curriculum to life. Gardening isn’t an add on, but rather an integral part of the whole curriculum. We rely on plants for everything. Gardening is a way to help us recognize our dependence on, and connectedness with plants.
Imagine a student planting a seed in your school’s garden, and just days later seeing a tiny leaf pushing up through the soil. Tending to new plants teaches children responsibility and teamwork. It provides an opportunity to bring science, math, social studies, and language and visual arts to life through hands-on learning. Vegetable gardens let children taste the wonders of fresh food. Plus, parents, students and teachers can all enjoy the growing feeling of community that comes from sharing a new adventure.
We want to inspire and help students, teachers, and families to take interest in improving the environment at their school through gardening. Nutrition is an essential building block for student success. Healthy, active, and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school and are more prepared and motivated to learn. While the primary responsibility of schools is to foster academic achievement, schools have an exceptional opportunity to guide children toward healthier lifestyles by creating a healthy nutrition environment by providing gardens for all students to tend and learn from. We know the interpersonal skills and social responsibility that are learned while gardening can last a life time.