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2013 Kutztown University School Garden Workshop: Resources

An inspiring learning opportunity for educators and parents, with speakers and demonstrations on growing a sustainable community partnership.

Notable websites

KidsGardening: The National Garden Association offers lesson plans, news, and more on its School Gardening site. The NGA has awarded $4 million in grants to youth and community garden projects.

School Garden Wizard, created for America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden.

The Edible Schoolyard Project has the mission of building, sustaining, and sharing edible curricula for all schools.

EE Link: Environmental education activities for school gardens (North American Association for Environmental Education).

REAL School Gardens: "A garden is...a powerful learning tool, as critical to a student’s academic success as a computer or a microscope."

School Gardens: Texas A&M University's site includes curricular and planning resources.

School Gardening in the early 1900s through today: Michigan State University Libraries offers a compendium of useful and amusing resources, including links to freely available century-old manuals of the brave US School Garden Army!

Books at Rohrbach Library

Books recommended by Dr. Steve Schnell

Ancona, George. 2013.  It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden.  Candlewick.

Bucklin-Sporer, Arden and Rachel Kathleen Pringle.  2010.  How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Timber Press. [If you only read one book about school gardens, make it this one!]

Burpee “I Can Grow” garden guide for educators (sign up at the site to get a digital copy)

Burpee “I Can Grow” curricular activities:

Hendy, Jenny.  2012.  Gardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic Ideas for Making Things, Growing Plants and Flowers, and Attracting Wildlife to the Garden, With 60 Practical Projects and 500 Photographs. Anness.

Louv, Richard. 2008.  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Updated and Expanded Edition). Algonquin Books.

Lovejoy, Sharon.  1999.  Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots: Gardening Together With Children. Workman Publishing Co.

Waters, Alice.  2008.  Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Chronicle Books.

Williams, Dilafruz and Jonathan Brown. 2011.  Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life. Routledge.


Articles on the web

Field Based Learning About Butterfly Diversity in School Garden-A Case Study From Puducherry, India 
Author: Ramadoss Alexandar, Gopalsomy Poyyamoli. International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education. Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2012, pp. 149-154.

Food Safety Tips for School Gardens. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010.

Garden-Based Learning in Basic Education: A Historical Review. Aarti Subramaniam. Center for Youth Development Monograph, University of California, Davis. 2002.

Multicultural School Gardens: Creating Engaging Garden Spaces in Learning about Language, Culture, and EnvironmentAmy Cutter-Mackenzie, (Monash University, Australia). Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 14, 2009, pp. 122-135.

Research Brief: Use of School Gardens in Academic InstructionJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 37, Issue 3, May–June 2005, pp. 147–151.

Articles in the RL collection (login required)

School Gardens: An Experiential Learning Approach for a Nutrition Education Program to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Knowledge, Preference, and Consumption among Second-grade Students. Sondra M. Parmer, Jill Salisbury-Glennon, David Shannon, Barbara Struempler. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 41(3):212-217

Research and Professional Briefs: Garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum improves fourth-grade school children's knowledge of nutrition and preference for some vegetables. Jennifer Morris, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr. Journal of the Academic Dietetic Association, 102 (2002), pp. 91–93.