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Archbishop Damiano School

At Archbishop Damiano School in Westville Grove, New Jersey, educators use the garden to bring classroom lessons to life for students with significant cognitive and physical impairments. Gardening is a "multi-dimensional activity that lends itself to a variety of educational opportunities," says Dr. Gregory Zink, Assistant Principal. "The garden provides a real-life setting for math, science, and language arts instruction across all grade levels."

Apple Growing Essentials

Growing apple (Malus domestica) trees is a gratifying undertaking, though it requires some space and effort. Here are the basics to provide a better understanding of planting and caring for these favorite fruit trees:


Got Dirt?: A Creative Garden Initiative

Obesity is a nationwide problem, especially among youth. Research shows that increased fruit and vegetable consumption is a viable strategy for fighting obesity and provides additional health benefits, as well. The Got Dirt? garden initiative, funded by a three-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, is working to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children ages 2-12 by facilitating the creation of youth gardens at schools and childcare facilities throughout Wisconsin.

From Farm to Preschool: A Garden-Based Program for Childcare Centers

Many people have heard of farm-to-school projects; now it's time for farm-to-preschool! Vegetable gardening with children is a great way to connect them to agriculture, and the garden is a place where perfection doesn't matter and mistakes can and should happen. Children's gardens are experiential, hands-on, and messy. Gardening teaches young children that actions have consequences, that food comes from the earth before it reaches the store shelf, and the activity reconnects our youngsters to nature.

Friend or Foe?


Students learn that some microorganisms are beneficial to humans, while others are harmful.


  • Internet
  • chart paper or chalk board
  • pots
  • legume seeds (beans or peas)
  • potting soil
  • rhizobia bacteria*
  • rulers, pencils, and journals

*Available from garden centers or catalogs such as Carolina Biological

Early Sprouts

"I hope we're making greens today. I miss having greens."

"I just love bell peppers. Do you have any more?

"I prefer to eat chard raw."

Sprouting on the 'Sill: Growing Salad in Windowsill Gardens

"My students live in a community with little access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables," explains Gioya Fennelly, a teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt IS 143(M) in New York City. "100 percent of our population qualifies for free lunch. I developed the windowsill salad garden project to teach students how to grow their own gourmet-quality microgreens with minimal effort and at a fraction of the cost of purchased produce."

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