Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More on School Gardens - with advice and links!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also looking at school gardens this week. Elizabeth Lee's article, "Schools plant gardens to sprout healthy eaters," looks at the usefulness of school gardens as classrooms for math, science and other traditional school subjects, while also teaching nutrition, self-esteem and more adventurous eating. The article acknowledges the challenges that garden season doesn't match well with school season (though here in the Pacific Northwest, much can be grown year-round), and that school gardens can be dependent on a single enthusiastic teacher or parent, but suggests that better integration into the larger curriculum can provide staying power.

Suggestions for school garden work, and links to other resources, are provided at the end of the article.