The Trends in School Gardens
When school gardens were first established, it was often to provide extra produce foo school cafeterias. They wanted to encourage kids to eat fresh food and to expose them to new tastes and types of fruits and vegetables. That original goal has expanded. Now educators across the country realize that school gardens offer a unique learning laboratory for students. A school garden allows kids to study the natural life cycle of the vegetables—from seed to harvest. They also provide a hands-on approach to learning about nutrition and health. And school gardens also show children that what you eat can be a product of your own work and design. Over 7,000 American schools now have school gardens, where kids and teachers collaborate on design of gardens, nutrition information, the science of plants, harvest, and more. This graphic is inspiring and I hope leads to more school gardens!