School Gardens





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A Kids Guide to Planting A Flower Garden
Avas Flowers
Planting a flower garden can be fun and rewarding. When you see those buds start to open up, it can be a great feeling. If you plan your garden right, then you can use your different colored flowers to make patterns and create something original. You can also ask your parents to help you install benches in your garden so that you can sit in your garden and enjoy it. Creating your own garden can be just like creating your own special world where all of your troubles disappear. The sooner you get started, the sooner your plants will start to grow and create the world you had in your mind.
Thank you to Sarah, a local 5th grade student who found this article while researching home gardening. Sarah shared this resource with ROCK hoping other Central Florida kids will use it grow their own garden. Way to go, Sarah!
Learn what the Florida Department of Education has done to "Partner and Support Grow Healthy Fruit and Vegetable School Gardens" (Word, 572KB)

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom in partnership with the Florida Department of Education's Office of Food and Nutrition Management and the Office of Healthy Schools will be providing Gardening for Grades trainings throughout Florida.

Florida Humanities Council Workshop To Tell Sweet Story of Florida History
A city of majestic oaks and flashy azaleas, Bartow is the seat of Polk County, sometimes referred to as “the fruit basket of Florida” – a title earned by its rich soil, plentiful water resources, and an abundance of phosphate.  After an introduction to the area’s historic context at the Polk Historical Museum, we’ll explore the social, cultural, and environmental effects of the agricultural mainstays of citrus, horticulture, and phosphate mining. We will also visit the Alafia River Rendezvous, the largest pre-1840 interpretive encampment in the southeastern United States. The weekend is an active combination of lectures and discussions with scholars and local experts as well as field excursions to area agricultural enterprises.




Did you know that many schools in Florida are using gardens as a tool for hands-on, student-centered learning? Research has shown that children who participate in garden based nutrition interventions increase their servings of fruit and vegetables and that teachers perceive gardens to be very effective at enhancing academic performance, physical activity, language arts, and healthful eating habits.

Benefits of School Gardens

  • Gardens provide sensory stimulation of smells, textures, colors and sounds.
  • Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity for all youth.
  • Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables they grow and improve their attitude toward fruits and vegetables.
  • Children can improve their self-esteem and attitudes toward school through gardening projects.
  • Children can learn environmental stewardship and scientific principles.
  • Community gardens foster group cohesion and improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Gardening projects help foster family relationships and increase parental involvement.

Gardening for Nutrition

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc.
Teachers seeking a resource that helps them use school gardens as teaching tools look no further.  FAITC's second in its school garden series, Gardening for Nutrition, is now available to Florida teachers for free. It is a K-12 curriculum with gardening tips and 14 lessons that cover all subject areas.

"Grow Healthy" – School Garden Project

Do you have a school garden?
Tell us about it, e-mail Katie Rainka with information and pictures of your school garden project. Your project may be featured on our interactive list of school gardens around Florida.

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