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Louisiana School Garden Initative

Gardening projects for children in a school setting provide an extraordinary learning opportunity, and their popularity is increasing. Through school gardening children can learn science, mathematics, English, environmental studies, health, family and consumer sciences and art. They learn first-hand about plants, nature and the outdoors, and they learn how fresh food is grown. Teachers in Louisiana have an excellent opportunity to enrich the educational experience and the lives of children through the use of school gardens.

Benefits of school gardens

  • Gardens provide sensory stimulation of smells,  textures, colors and sounds.
  • Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity for all youth.
  • Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables they grow and improve their attitude toward fruits and vegetables.
  • LSU AgCenter 4-H and Junior Master Gardener programs can collaborate in school gardens.
  • Children can improve their self-esteem and attitudes toward school through gardening projects.
  • Children can learn environmental stewardship and scientific principles.
  • Community gardens foster group cohesion and improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Gardening projects help foster family relationships and increase parental involvement.

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Resources Available 

Curriculum materials are available to assist teachers in integrating school gardens into the formal educational experience. Contact your local LSU AgCenter extension office for additional resources.

For tips on building your own school garden, check out the Resources section. 

Looking for funding?  Click on Funding Sources for links to numerous opportunities.

Do you have a school garden? Tell us about it by visiting our facebook group and uploading your pictures, stories and questions about your school garden project.


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