I spent a lot of time researching school gardens in preparation for writing Memories of Mist (released in July) and became very interested in the topic. I even had the chance to tour a local one… I don’t think I ever blogged about that! I’ll have to dig out my photos and do it one of these days. When I was approached for this guest post and infographic, it was a near-immediate and enthusiastic YES! Isn’t this interesting?
Guest Post by Abby Quillen
Learning together, learning from each other: That’s one of the many benefits of a classroom. And nature is its own kind of teacher, helping us learn from the seasons and better understand science, biology, and the environment. So how do you combine the two to create a multi-dimensional learning experience? One idea is a school garden.
It’s an idea that’s catching on: Some 7,000 schools have a garden that they use as a learning laboratory. It might be a simple collection of vegetables, or it might include everything from chickens to an orchard. And the subjects studied in a garden don’t have to just relate to plants and science—they can be writing, language arts, and more. The gardens may also provide a way for kids to enjoy more fresh produce, or even just try foods that are new to them.
So what other benefits can you “grow” and how do you do a school garden? This graphic can help.
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