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Carrboro Elementary School

"While harvesting sweet potatoes this fall, a 5th-grade student said, 'getting dirty is fun -- I can't wait to come back tomorrow,'" shares teacher Tate Little of Carrboro Elementary School in Carrborro, NC. "Another student remarked, 'I don't usually like tomatoes but these are delicious!'" What wonderful confirmation the garden program is making an impact.

Hedgepeth-Williams School

"This community is riddled with problems, including a high crime rate," says Vice Principal Adrienne Hill. "One of our goals is to bring the community back into the school and to place the school out in the community."  

Center for Inquiry

"Our 44 kindergarten students are exuberant five-year-old risk-takers," says Center for Inquiry teacher Jennifer Barnes. "They aren't afraid of dirty, hard labor and they eagerly work to solve problems that come their way."

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?

Overview

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

Materials:

  • 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

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Last updated on 10/18/2014
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