growing an educational garden at your school
Growing an Educational Garden at Your School explores the triumphs and pitfalls involved in raising students’ awareness of the natural world. This extensive collection of case studies is designed to bring the value of hands-on garden experiences to educators and students.
This guidebook is a collection of a wide variety of experiences depicting school gardens across the state of Hawaii. Stories of gardens that are more than just gardens abound, such as the school that parlayed lessons of growing things into lessons of entrepreneurship by turning a productive garden plot into a model farm business to assist in funding field trips. It includes some surprising stories, such as how a five year old led the way to create an amazing school garden and a class whose garden experience resulted in creating a prize-winning song and performance. Each school’s story provides clues and assistance to others who are contemplating starting their own school garden.
In addition to these stories, Growing an Educational Garden at Your School includes a very useful section on planning for success before the first shovelful of dirt is moved. The book also has a detailed resource list to assist teachers and students in planning and creating an outstanding school garden project.