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"Wow.  This is so satisfying!" (she said with her hands in the dirt)            

                                              - Upper Elementary  student

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.  

          


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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


An excellent demonstration

It was great seeing the kids so interested and engaged Thank you for making it fun and informative!        

                                       - After school Program Director

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"I found the lesson so cool that I shared some of it with my family."                                        - Jr. high school student   

We believe getting children in the garden early puts them on the path to lifelong wellbeing, and our youth garden programs are at the very heart of our mission.  Whether part of a community-based after school program, summer day camp or a part of class time during a regular school day, gardens serve as fresh air learning labs that provide for memorable, hands-on learning kids love.  We make the reality of a school garden easy, affordable and sustainable for schools across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

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"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

Our immediate goals for these gardens are to:

  • connect kids to the real food that sustains them 
  • instill confidence in the students' ability to grow their own nutritious food
  • let them experience the sense of wonder that comes with that experience.​

"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.

School Gardens:

●    Provide life lessons and skills in
       patience, self-care through good  
       nutrition, self-reliance, environmental 
      stewardship and in learning about the traditional and cultural significance of food


●    Support a culture of health and wellness


●    Connect kids with nature


●    Provide stress relief

●    Provide a social student recreational alternative to sports


●    Provide hands-on opportunities for active learning

●    Reinforce learning outcomes

●    Support a sense of community pride

●    Provide the freshest food possible for those in need

●    Create peer support for healthy eating