Classroom Stories

Full of helpful ideas and tips, we hope you will find inspiration in the following articles spotlighting successful school garden programs from around the country.
Photo used by permission of Beardsley Community Farm/Knox County CAC Urban Agriculture Programs.Beardsley Community Farm in Knox County, Tennessee, proves that where
"Teens were put in this world for a reason," says Jamie McKnight, director of the Teens 4 Good (T4G) program in Philadelphia, "and we are here to help them realize that they have
Extending their commitment to provide consumers with quality products made from natural ingredients, Hansen’s Natural is working to spread the message that “Native is Best” for
In Winnepeg, Manitoba, Laila Schwartz runs a children’s gardening club at Balmoral Hall School, a private girls’ school, and works in groups of 10 with girls ranging in grades
The magic of gardening with kids is that they will always surprise and delight you. A half-dozen 9-year-old Girl Scouts taught me this in November 2007, the first fall of our new
Have you ever wondered what happens when you plant a seed? Not necessarily the seed of a plant, but the seed of an idea. . . The small, rural central New York community of
Just 12 blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, you can find a pocket of nature in a thriving school garden. Since 1994 the
As a way to deepen the impact of their garden program, the educators and volunteers of Putney Central School in Putney, VT, created a school-based community garden where
"Two decrepit classroom trailers were recently removed from the Sunrise Drive Elementary campus in Tucson, AZ, leaving us with almost 6,000 square feet full of
There's a saying that goes "More grows in a garden than is planted," and that's certainly true of the creation of our school garden. From this delightful, enriching
The education served up daily at the Fairhill Intergenerational School in Cleveland, Ohio, is unlike most others in the United States. During school
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." -- John Burroughs
Raising butterflies raised issues and dilemmas -- and prompted a valuable learning experience -- for fourth and fifth grade students at Mary Snow School in Bangor, ME.
Visual arts teacher Kati Towle finds the natural world to be a tempting toolbox. In fact, she envisioned a garden where her middle school students in
A science teacher for 21 years at Ashland Middle School in Ashland, OR, Eric Sandrock is also a lifelong gardener. Early in his career, he mused, "There's so much living science

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