Project SeeMiraclesInLifeEveryday   

Learn To Love Reading

Cultivating Community

The potential of school food gardens (SFG) to foster positive outcomes and contribute to a wide array of benefits is not a new declaration. There is ample anecdotal evidence indicating the positive impact of food gardens on student health, education and awareness of the physical environment. Over the past decade studies empirically testing these claims have flourished, confirming the profound effects school gardens can have not only for students but also teachers, parents and the wider community.

Healthy Eaters

The Benefits of School Gardens

Experience and research have shown numerous benefits of school gardens and natural landscaping:

  • students learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills
  • they gain self-confidence and a sense of "capableness" along with new skills and knowledge in food growing — soon-to-be-vital for the 21st century
  • garden-based teaching addresses different learning styles and intelligence; our non-readers can blossom in the garden!

Strong Minds

Why gardens improve nutrition

A chronic comment about our modern world is that we no longer have a relationship with our sources of food. It comes from the store—and the store gets it from many places around the world. But start a vegetable garden and you are suddenly invested in the health and well-being of the plants that supply your nourishment, which in turn can get you more excited about eating the fresh fruits and vegetables they produce. Who wouldn’t want to taste something they helped nurture?

Gardening for Good Health!

School Gardens

Other benefits of gardening

The rewards of community- or school-based gardening extend beyond nutrition. Children (and adults) who garden are also increasing their physical activity level, which is another important component of a healthy lifestyle. Children who participate in garden-based learning during the school day show increased levels of physical activity compared to those who learn only inside a classroom. Some evidence suggests that such programs may improve academic performance as well. Community gardens are also a great way to build social support among neighbors.

If They Grow It, They'll Eat It 

Many studies have found that children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they help garden them. That's part of the motivating principle behind Shabazz School New York-based Shabazz Urban Gardens, or SUG, a school garden program that puts a heavy emphasis on having students taste the produce they grow.


Growing Process 

Nutrition Education 


The Value of School Gardens

School gardens are a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility. 

...Young people increasingly are isolated from the land and deprived of the joys and responsibilities it teaches. — Alice Waters

To a great extent we are a de-placed people for whom our immediate places are no longer sources of food, water, livelihood, energy, materials, friends, recreation, or sacred inspiration.— David Orr

©2019 SaRita R. Dean, R.D.H.