Teaching children to eat healthy food by growing healthy food

The importance of school gardens

Thanks to Quill.com for sharing this insightful infographic and blog piece on the importance of school gardens

Kids and food and school: They have to come together. Many kids get at least a meal, if not two, at school. But do they understand where food comes from and the part they play in it? For many young people, the answer is probably no. Growing food is a mostly foreign concept for them. But there’s one thing sweeping the nation and sweeping schools that’s helping to change that – school gardens.

School gardens are just that; plots at school that allow kids to grow a variety of things, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. In the process, kids are able to learn much more than just how things grow. They can discuss nutrition and science, math and biology.

Can school gardens increase grades?

The answer is, yes! And the results are incredible.

In a review of 12 studies, students who gardened performed better on standardized science tests than their non-gardening peers in all 12 studies. Fifth-grade gardeners in one study scored nearly 15 percent higher on the standardized science test than a control group. REAL School Gardens, an organization that builds gardens for low-income schools, says students at their partner schools improve 12 to 15 percent on standardized tests after gardening is integrated into school curricula.

Luckily, the number of school gardens keeps increasing. In fact, the number of school gardens nearly doubled between 2013 and 2015. Many of these are using the produce from the gardens in the cafeteria, leading to fresher, more healthful meals. Want to learn more? This graphic can help.

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