The Green Room: School Gardensby: Amanda Beckrich

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A School Garden fits nicely within the guiding principles for sustainable schooling. As the sustainability coordinator at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, this column author's most fulfilling, inclusive, well-received, and challenging project was transforming a courtyard into a sustainable vegetable garden and native plant area. In this month's column, she explains the benefits of school gardens and provides tips for creating one at your school.

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  • on Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:03 PM

Though this article is written to an audience of high school educators, I would argue that it also applies to middle and elementary education. The article listed compelling reasons why school gardens are important, provided guidance for starting and funding one, and listed potential ways to keep a garden running and involve the community. This is a well-rounded and very informative resource. I would absolutely recommend this to other educators.

Elizabeth Steele
Elizabeth Steele

  • on Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:53 PM

I enjoyed this article because it discussed the benefits of having a school garden such as giving students hands on experience with nature, and making it easier to incorporate food science in the curriculum, and its a great way to include family and faculty and raise money. I remember when I was in high school, I had a class called "Horticulture" and in the class we took care of plants and animals. This class provided us with the hands on experience I think students of all ages would benefit from. And I remember every month we would raise money by selling the plants to people, and faculty members and family members would come and support our school.

Lisbeth Frederick
Lisbeth Frederick

  • on Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:11 AM

A school garden is a wonderful project for any school. This article gives rationale why to have a school garden. It also gives tips where educators can begin if they want to undertake this project. Web links are given to help find funding and to develop lessons to incorporate a garden into a school's existing curriculum.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:06 AM

This brief article introduces the benefits of creating and hosting a school garden. It helps the reader to look at all aspects when considering creating and maintaining the garden. As usual with this column there are more than enough helpful websites to learn more about this topic for both your students and yourself.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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