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Welcome to the School Gardens Portal

Louisiana School Garden Initiative

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.



Funding Sources


Model School Garden at Burden


Publications & Websites




Please click on the links located in the boxes above to obtain information on a variety of School Gardens-related topics.

For additional information, please contact:

Kiki Fontenot
Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist
Home, Community, School Gardens & Farmer's Markets

Featured School Gardens-related Links


Burden Center

Super Plants

Hammond Research Station

Please click on the links above for featured School Gardens-related information.

Last Updated: 11/20/2013 4:17:17 PM