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The Benefits of Starting a School Garden

Ask any gardener, and they’ll tell you there’s lots to learn from planting fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The complex interactions in nature—water, wind, sun, pests, birds, and soil—butt up against human constraints and imagination, especially in garden design and attention.

A garden, from first seed to last harvest (and beyond) is a great laboratory for learning.

That’s what makes school gardens such a great addition to a classroom. Students get to plan, plant, study, and analyze. They learn about everything from fruit-bearing trees to vining flowers to different types of tomatoes. And they’re exposed to something—growing—that they may not have access to at home. Of course, the benefits go well beyond just what students learn when they plant a seed. Students who work on a classroom garden also work on skills such as team building and delayed gratification. And very often they get to enjoy the fruits of their labors in school meals.

Ready to learn more about classroom gardens? This graphic can help.


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