A School Garden program offers students place-based experiences that impact their understanding of food, health, nature, and community. Successful garden programs can improve test scores, fight childhood obesity, promote physical activity, expose kids to healthy foods, change eating habits, and provide positive connections to nature.
Schools can develop garden programs using installed built gardens, indoor or outdoor containers, or through relationships with nearby community gardens or farms. However, in order to be successful, a school garden program must have sustained support from the school community, become an integral part of the curriculum, and be a source of relevant learning experiences for all students. The Edible School Gardens program continues to be a part of Torrington’s public schools as a result of grants from Fit Together and Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities.
If your community is interested in learning more about the importance of edible school gardens, more information is available at these websites:
Common Ground: High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center: http://commongroundct.org/environmental-center/school-garden-resource-center/
Nourishing Gardens: http://www.shc-ct.org/nourishing-gardens.html
Connecticut School Garden Network: http://ctnofa.org/School_Resources.html
Tower Gardens; A unique vertical garden system that makes it easy to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. www.towergarden.com