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School Food Garden Program

Benefits to Students

There is growing interest around the world for using gardens as a hands-on learning opportunity that can be integrated into a wide range of subject areas. Studies of food-producing gardens in schools cite the following benefits for children:

  • An increased willingness to taste and like new vegetables, and an increase in fruit and vegetable intake
  • Reinforcement of nutrition lessons in the class
  • Improved academic performance
  • A hands-on approach to learning about sustainability, ecology and math
  • An opportunity for light to moderate physical activity (especially for those who are less physically active)
  • Increased self-understanding (includes self-esteem) and self-efficacy, improved life-skills, improved teamwork and relationships with others and a sense of empowerment

 

Grow a School Food Garden

Integrate growing food with the Ontario school board curriculum. Learn how to start a garden in your school or district.

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School Food Gardens - Challenges, barriers and how to overcome them


A successful school garden can be achieved by engaging the surrounding community through activities that span cultures, ages and religions. Every perceived barrier is actually an opportunity waiting to be seized. Here are some tips to ensure success…

Year-round Workforce/ Summer Care
Fundraising
Pests
Getting help and keeping up the enthusiasm

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Resources

School garden and other incredible links and resources…

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