School Vegetable Gardens

Kids love to dig in the dirt!

School vegetable gardens are a great way for children to learn about where their food comes from and to get them excited about eating fresh vegetables. It is also a chance to learn outdoors!

Urban Seedling can help your school plan, build, plant, and maintain a school vegetable garden. We fully involve students and teachers in our planting workshops. We will help the school arrange for garden care during the summer, bring fresh ideas for students and learning in the garden, install indoor gardens, help with project continuity and management, and give extra workshops or workshop ideas. A vegetable garden is a great way to build ties between children, between parents and teachers, and within the community.

Benefits of School Vegetable Gardens

Teaching Tools:

  • Increase knowledge of nature and plant growth
  • Positive social interactions around the garden
  • Promotion of healthy development
  • Increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • New producer-consumer relationships
  • The role of agriculture in the children’s lives (food chain)
  • Cultural and personal integration
  • Reduction of behavioral problems
  • Becoming citizens and participants in a democratic society (communal garden choices)

Possible activities:

  • Seedlings and germination of seeds
  • Transplanting, calendar and seasons
  • Planning the garden
  • Planting
  • Composting
  • The web of biodiversity
  • Controlling pests and plant diseases
  • Magic potions and homemade gardening solutions
  • Building an insect hotel
  • Earthworm terrarium
  • Herb box in the classroom
  • Identification and observation of leaves
  • Art work, mural, mosaic, poster, scarecrow, “land art”
  • Parts of the plant
  • Seedlings that look alike: plant families
  • Diversity of shapes and colours
  • Origin of seeds (heirloom variety histories – crops from first nations and other countries – maps and geography)
  • Traditional foods and dishes throughout the seasons
  • Food kilometers
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