Benefits

Benefits & Best Practices

This section provides an overview of school gardens, including types of school gardens, benefits of establishing a school garden, articles on how to start a school garden, performance assessment tools, as well as how and why to integrate school garden activities into the school’s curricula. This section also includes articles on research done on the benefits of school gardens.

Research:
Best Practices Models for Implementing, Sustaining, and Using Instructional School Gardens in California, Eric L. Hazzard, PhD1, Elizabeth Moreno, MS, RD2, Deborah L. Beall, MS, RD2, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, PhD1



The Effects of School Gardens on Students and Schools: Conceptualization and Considerations for Maximizing Healthy Development, Emily J. Ozer, Health Educ Behav 2007; 34; 846 originally published online Jul 21, 2006; DOI: 10.1177/1090198106289002

Use of School Gardens in Academic Instruction, Heather Graham, MS, RD, Deborah Lane Beall, MS, RD, Mary Lussier, MPH, RD, Peggy McLaughlin, PhD, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, PhD


School Gardens: An Experiential Learning Approach for Nutrition Education Program to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Knowledge, Sondra M. Parmer, PhD‚ Jill Salisbury-Glennon, PhD, David Shannon, PhD, Barbara Struempler, PhD




Creating and Sustaining School Gardens:

Western Growers Foundation’s Collective School Garden Network: Lots of downloadable materials
http://www.csgn.org/csysg

LSU Ag Center
Add Gardens to Your School Curriculum - downloadable
http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/29612E78-9A04-4292-A90B-29D1AD45A8FF/55559/SchoolGardeningx.pdf

Assessing a Garden-based Curriculum for Elementary Youth in Iowa: Parental Perceptions of Change
http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/18/1/18.abstract - can download complete text and tables from here

Creating and Sustaining a School Garden
http://www.csgn.org/csysg-trainer - contains lots of related, downloadable workshop and teacher training materials

Designing Your School Garden
http://www.csgn.org/sites/csgn.org/files/GFL_5.pdf

Designing School Gardens
http://www.csgn.org/designing-your-garden

Educator’s Guide to Starting a School Garden
http://greenschoolyardnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/how-to-start-school-garden-baltimore.pdf

Garden Based Learning in Basic Education
http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/1229.pdf

Garden Based Learning Across the Curriculum
http://tccl.rit.albany.edu/knilt/index.php/Garden-Based_Learning_Across_the_Curriculum

Gardens for Learning
http://www.csgn.org/sites/csgn.org/files/CSGN_book.pdf - downloadable book

Getting Started – A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
http://www.ecoliteracy.org/sites/default/files/getting-started-2009.pdf

Growing Minds – The Effect of a School Gardening Program on the Science Achievement of Elementary Students
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/syllabi/435/articles/klemmer.pdf

School Garden Results
http://www.realschoolgardens.org/real-results.aspx

Benefits of School Gardening for Children
http://siteinsightnow.com/ohiolnci/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/CYE_FactSheet3_BenefitsofGardeningforChildren_July20091.pdf

Benefits of a School Garden
http://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu/sgn/benefit/

Growing School Gardens: A How-to Guide for Beginning Desert School Gardens
http://hungercenter.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Growing-School-Gardens-Nagin.pdf

School Garden Activities – downloadable
http://www.kansasgreenschools.org/kansas-school-gardens-activities

The Integration [pdf]

Garden Based [pdf]

Transcript [pdf]