Edible School Gardens

Did you know that a typical carrot often travels nearly 2,000 miles to reach your table? Transporting our food from far away has a significant negative impact on the environment…plus it’s a lot more fun to grow a carrot than to wait for it to arrive on a truck! Research shows that children are more likely to try a new fruit or vegetable if they have been involved in planting, growing, and harvesting it. Edible gardens can provide healthy eating habits that will stay with kids throughout their lives. Edible school gardens not only provide fresh, nutritious foods for students to enjoy, but valuable learning experiences as well. In addition to providing the chance for kids to learn how to garden and grow food, edible gardens are living laboratories that provide vast opportunities for exploration and investigation. Learn how to design, build and utilize edible gardens at your school! (And remember: be sure to choose fruit, vegetable and herb plants that will produce while school is in session so kids can enjoy what they’ve grown!)

Tip: Also visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you improve the health & sustainability of your school!

A garden of edible vegetables

Before You Start

Design and Preparation

Implementation

Maintenance

Using Your Project

Sharing Your Project

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