School Gardens Can Help Kids Learn Better And Eat Healthier But Where Are They?
Back to school shopping sales are now plastered in the front of every window storefront, every other commercial, and just about everywhere. As parents we should consider what about our kid’s schools do we need to get the dirt on? Literally.
Gardening has been known for several health benefits, but incorporating gardens in schools can also help children
- Connect with nature
- Learn to grow their food
- Learn where their food comes from
- Learn to eat healthier
- Learn more about the world around them, not just what is on their plate (or lack their of)
But given the ever-growing demands on teachers’ time and the poor financial health many of the nation’s school districts are in, the obstacles facing the school garden movement in the U.S. are clear. Both the challenges and possibilities are discussed at length in Ripe for Change, a new book on garden-based learning written by Jane Hirschi and published earlier this month. Hirschi is the founding director of CitySprouts, an initiative based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that seeks to establish gardens as learning tools in public schools nationwide. As for the question of teachers’ time constraints and the related matter of funding, Hirschi compares the need for garden-based programs to the need for young students to have access to technology, claiming that both are cost-effective means to accomplish an important end.
The possibility is there! Would you want your children to have access to a garden? Let us know below in the comments!
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