New Minnesota school garden guide released
Colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards
The Associated Press
Minnesota School Gardens
Developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program – Fall 2013
272 pages – free guide is available online
(Must read. Mike)
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting gardens with their students.
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom has published a guide for school gardens. The colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.
The state agriculture department, which helped develop the guide, says it’s bursting with delicious ideas to build connections between the classroom, the school garden and the cafeteria.
Agriculture in the Classroom specialist Sue Knott says they hope positive gardening experiences will serve as a launching pad for the further study of food and agriculture.
Benefits of Gardens
School gardens provide teachers with excellent hands-on learning for their students. Gardens can be incorporated into many subject areas. Lessons about gardens can meet K-12 academic standards in science, social studies, math, language arts, and health and nutrition. Working in the garden helps students learn patience as well as responsibility. They also become aware of the origins of their food and the work required to grow healthy and nutritious produce.
School Gardens Today
Today’s school gardens take on many shapes and sizes; they all allow students to grow plants. They can be indoors or outdoors, in pots or in the ground, and can vary from growing vegetables to a small orchard of apple trees . Examples of school gardens include:
• herbs in a classroom window
• flowers attracting butterflies planted in pots along a sidewalk or path
• a traditional vegetable garden growing tomatoes, peppers, and green beans
• a sensory garden within walking distance of an elementary school
• school-colored flowers planted around a school sign
• raised beds for individual classrooms or grades