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.
Benefits of our school garden 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.
- Garden-based teaching addresses different learning styles and intelligences; our non-readers can blossom in the garden!
- Achievement scores improve because learning is more relevant and hands-on.
- Students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time active in the outdoors and start choosing healthy foods over junk food.