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School gardens can be a good way to use the playground as a classroom, and connect students with the natural resources of what their food really is, while also teaching them value of gardening along with many other concepts. The subjects include but are not limited to science, math, health, and personal and social responsibility by maintaining the garden.


A brief history behind school gardens. School gardens are not new and have been around for a while. In 1909 in Ventura, California a schoolteacher named Zilda M. Rogers wrote to the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California. She explained how her school garden work and how much progressed she received and what her successes and failures were, and how the children were responding to being able to garden. Zilda saw her results with the children and how they have become better companions and friends. Years later school gardens are cherished in the public school system, Ventura Unified School District developed a model that links gardening, nutrition, education, and a farm to school lunch program which features fruits and vegetables for its 17,000 public school students.


Moreover, school gardens have a lot of added benefits. Students learn to focus and learn patience, cooperation, teamwork, and social skills with other classmates. They gain self-confidence along with new skills and knowledge in food growing,  also garden based teaching teaches the students different learning learning styles that can be used in the garden. Academic scores improve because the learning is more hands on, and students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time being active outdoors instead of inside, it also makes the students choose more healthy food instead of junk food.  J. Michael Murphy, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, studied the Edible Schoolyard program in Berkeley, California for two years. He discovered that school gardens are both "shrinking students' waistlines and increasing their understanding of food and the environment." He observed that "when middle school students in large communities are given the opportunity to learn about  the environment they are more enthusiastic about attending school, make better grades, eat healthier food, and become more knowledgeable about natural process. (””School Gardens." School Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.)


Overall, school gardens give an added benefit to the students social and economic skills. It allows the students to become more active and in engage in credible knowledge. Gardening can relive stress and also help students learn to become more responsible because they have to actually care for something and take care of it. 









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