“ Chamomile smells like sunshine and happiness!”–Garden Club participant
“My son loves Garden Club . He’s always coming home talking about the salad you eat. I never can get him to try salad!” –Parent of a Garden Club Participant
- Our 2018-2019 School year highlights include:
- Eight schools with thriving school gardens, most of which are at high-poverty schools where 100% of the students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
- 3220 students during the daytime learning 5.1 average hours per student
- ~300 students in afterschool SUN club learning 8 hours per student
- 833 lbs of produce harvested and served in the cafeteria, given to families and used in cooking lessons
- Over 70 hours of cafeteria tastings, serving over 1000 students
- 54 school events, reaching 1035 youth and 1099 adults
- 29 workparties in the garden
- 155 volunteers contributed to maintaining the garden and co-teaching lessons
- 59% of Garden Club students increased the number of veggies “liked”
- 38% of Garden Club students tried a new veggie
- 30 people graduated from our School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training in 2019, receiving 35 hours of training.
What are teachers saying?
In a survey of over 40 teachers in 2019, we saw that:
- 89% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that “Garden-based learning enhances students’ growth in core subjects.”
- 100% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that “Garden-based lessons help develop students’ science skills such as making predictions, planning experiments or analyzing data.”
- 100% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that “Garden education is an effective way to teach students about the environment.”
- 100% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that “The hands-on nature of garden lessons is effective in engaging English Language Learners.”
- 90% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that “Garden lessons were accessible and engaging to students with special needs.”
- 100% of teachers were interested in replicating lessons next year