Steps to Growing a Successful School Garden

Kathryn Fontenot, Boudreaux, James E., Gill, Daniel J., Blanchard, Amy C.  |  1/5/2017 3:16:54 PM

Growing a school garden can be an exciting, but challenging, initiative.

No two school gardens are alike. Your school garden will be unique based upon many things such as student population, age and needs; garden space available; time constraints; and required coursework. Each teacher also has his or her favorite plants to grow. One school garden may focus on vegetables. Another may focus on native plants or butterfly garden materials.

The primary goal of a school garden is to allow the students to grow plants from start to finish. There is no greater reward than watching a tiny seed turn into a beautiful flower or something to eat. (Well, at least that’s true for those of us who are horticulturists!)

School gardens have many benefits. The first and most obvious is that the students learn about agriculture. They learn where their food comes from. Students are given responsibilities to care for living organisms. Teamwork, social skills, healthy food alternatives, literature, math, science, art and physical education can all be taught in the garden area.

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