Gardens give educators the chance to link lessons to real life, in a context that children can understand.
With more and more gardens popping up across the continent, many parents and teachers are asking themselves what all the fuss is about. Are school gardens becoming an essential fixture in the schoolyard just like jungle gyms and swing sets? And if so, why? It’s no secret that gardens provide many over and above the fresh produce. There are some excellent reasons why more and more schools are taking the plunge.
What are some of these benefits of school gardens?
School gardens help children learn.
Gardening together strengthens ties between school and community.
Getting their hands dirty helps connect children with nature.
Gardening strengthens children’s immune systems.
Working in a school garden helps children stay active, reducing obesity.
Gardening moderates moods and eases anxiety.
Children who garden at school develop empathy and practice risk.
Teaching and food gardens improve children’s diets.
For a more detailed read on these benefits, download the full guide in the 'Resources' section.
How to get involved
As much or as little time as you have! Your garden will absorb as much time as you give it. We recommend 4-8 hours of initial planning and design time, half a day of sourcing and securing materials, one full dig day, and a few hours a week of maintenance.