Schools Rediscovering Value Of Gardening

Annrose M. Guarino, Claesgens, Mark A.  |  7/20/2007 2:15:33 AM

2007 Back-to-School News (Distributed 07/12/07)

A garden provides a site for hands-on lessons about fruits and vegetables, important components of our diet.

"Gardens are exciting, interactive ways to demonstrate life skills and to develop good habits, said LSU AgCenter food and nutrition professor Dr. Annrose Guarino.

Schools are rediscovering gardening as a tool for hands-on, student-centered learning. School gardens benefit classrooms and students by addressing multiple learning styles, improving environmental attitudes, promoting good nutrition, increasing physical activity, teaching patience and responsibility and teaching students to work cooperatively. A garden can also improve social skills, build classroom relationships and school spirit, support interdisciplinary education, create an appreciation for team work, increase self-esteem and self-worth and beautify the school environment.

You don’t even need a plot of ground to grow plants. One alternative is simply to plant seeds in containers. Another method is to use a clear plastic glove. Put a seed in each fingertip and a moistened cotton ball over the seed and down into the tip. Hang the "seedling glove" in a bright spot, and watch the seeds grow! Keep the cotton moist.

For related family and consumer topics, click on the Food and Health link on the LSU AgCenter homepage at www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.

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On the Internet: LSU AgCenter: www.lsuagcenter.com
Contact: Annrose Guarino (225) 578-1425 or Aguarino@agcenter.lsu.edu
Editor: Mark Claesgens (225) 578-2939 or mclaesgens@agcenter.lsu.edu

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