Children feel there is a right way of doing things and a home garden and the school garden is the way to carry that spirit of health and nature into the lunchroom. Right now there are 17,000 public school involved in the farm-to garden lunch program and the kids feel involved in the community and in charge of their health for it.
The school garden is here to stay
School gardens provide a wealth of knowledge; a place to learn natural science, vocational skills, relationship skills, self-esteem, goal planning and how the harvest gets used in the lunchroom and in the community.
A balance of hands, heart and head
Advocating school gardens and the health of the food is a small part of the value of gardening experiences. In a country of wealth the U.S. school garden movement is smaller than other in countries, the French use it to “inspire a love of country,” while we have leaned away from the purpose of Victory Gardens’ commitment and love of country of the World War I and II eras.
Children are learning the wide range social and moral obligations and agendas as being part of the household, educational and community involvement by helping others and getting surplus produce to those in need. Children feel important and their self-esteem is raised by learning through working. Immigrant children are benefiting from the school garden to become producers and consumers and learning ways to benefit their own countries who may be smaller economically and less developed.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the school garden movement teaches beautification and proper techniques for the importance of the soil and community lands, the dignity of labor and the love of nature. The movement continues to breathe life in a once stagnant school bookish environment. When schools fail to teach about the food system they fail to teach the children love of the environment and the connection of people in the community, self-dependence, values and healthy lifestyle.
For more information on the school garden visit, Farm to School.
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