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"The overall experience was awesome. It was such a treat to teach students about where our food comes from and that they were able to take part of the planting/harvesting process."
- Elementary School Principal
We believe getting children in the garden early puts them on the path to lifelong wellbeing. School gardens also serve as fresh air learning labs that provide for memorable, hands-on learning across the curriculum.
Read more about the benefits of school gardening here.
"I haven't had a carrot in so long. It tasted amazing.
- Jr. high school student
"Thanks for teaching us about food. It was a fun experience." - Middle school student
"I loved how you made science and carrots tie together. It was great and we learned something too. It was great to be able to taste them!"
- Elementary student
Students eat more vegetables when they grow them themselves. If your Food Service Director adopts our USDA Best practices for serving produce from your garden, students will be eating the freshest, most nutrient-dense ingredients incorporated into their school lunches.
Through step-by-step videos, we train teachers on how to lead their classes in planting seeds early in the spring.
By the end of the year, students have the opportunity to reap what they have sown. Your Garden Coach will lead groups of students during recess periods out to the garden to harvest their crops.
"I found the lesson so cool that I shared some of it with my family." - Jr. high school student
Our immediate goals for these gardens are to:
Learn more about the Westford Public School System's Elementary School Gardens.