Why Create A School Garden At Wallin Elementary?
Because school gardens are an excellent means of teaching students important aspects of science, biology, horticulture, nutrition, teamwork and the origin of foods.
Also, there is an obesity epidemic in the United States that is increasingly affecting children. According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.
One way of counteracting this epidemic is to teach children better eating habits—which can only begin with an understanding of how food is grown.
Who is Launching The School Garden Project?
The Wallin Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Will The Garden Be Integrated With The School Curriculum?
Yes. A complete set of lesson plans has already been developed.
What Grades Will Be Involved In The Garden?
Kindergarten and grades 1-5.
Who Will Install The Garden?
Garden Farms of Las Vegas. They have already installed a number of successful school gardens across the valley.
Will The Garden Be On An Automatic Watering System?
Will There Be Professional Maintenance Of the Garden, Besides The Students’ Care?
Yes, Garden Farms includes in their installation periodic maintenance service as well.
What Kinds Of Crops Can Be Grown In The Garden?
Corn, carrots, melons, squash, strawberries, kale, lettuce, beans, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and many others.
Are There Known Benefits in Having School Gardens?
There is nothing taught in schools that cannot be learned in a garden. Math and science to be sure, but also history, civics, logic, art, literature, music, and the birds and the bees both literally and figuratively. Beyond that though, in a garden a student learns responsibility, teamwork, citizenship, sustainability, and respect for nature, for others, and for themselves.
Have There Been Studies Carried Out As To The Benefits of School Gardens?
Yes. And here are some samples:
“School gardening has been shown to increase self-esteem, help students develop a sense of ownership and responsibility, help foster relationships with family members, and increase parental involvement.”
See on greenourplanet.org