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.

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

LSU Ag Center
Add Gardens to Your School Curriculum - downloadable

Assessing a Garden-based Curriculum for Elementary Youth in Iowa: Parental Perceptions of Change - can download complete text and tables from here

Creating a Three Sisters’ Garden

Creating and Sustaining a School Garden - contains lots of related, downloadable workshop and teacher training materials

Designing Your School Garden

Designing School Gardens

Educator’s Guide to Starting a School Garden

Garden Based Learning in Basic Education

Garden Based Learning Across the Curriculum

Gardens for Learning - downloadable book

Getting Started – A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

Growing Minds – The Effect of a School Gardening Program on the Science Achievement of Elementary Students

School Garden Results

Benefits of School Gardening for Children

Evaluation of the Benefits of School Gardening

Benefits of a School Garden

Growing the Outdoor Classroom

Growing School Gardens: A How-to Guide for Beginning Desert School Gardens

School Garden Activities – downloadable

Setting Up and Running a School Garden – UN Manual for Teachers, Parents, and Communities - downloadable

Setting Up and Running a School Garden – Teaching Toolkit

The Integration [pdf]

Garden Based [pdf]

Transcript [pdf]