Evidence-Based Programming: We look to research to engage students in healthy eating and academic success, using gardens as learning labs, focusing on food, waste, and how the Earth sustains life.
Standard-Linked Lessons: Our grade-level appropriate lessons integrate Next Generation Science Standards including connecting Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
Teacher Support: Our educators help teachers and staff use the garden as a teaching tool, providing lesson modeling, training, materials, curriculum and community resources.
I want to be an engineer when I grow up and design greenhouses! - 5th Grade Student, Harloe Elementary
Role Models: Our Garden Educator Managers serve as role models, sharing skills, knowledge and behaviors with students and creating a supportive social environment that encourages healthy, environmentally responsible habits.
Seed to Fork: We make eating healthy fun and personal as children become part of the process of building gardens, planting, tending, harvesting, preparing, eating, and composting, improving food literacy by realizing the food system on their campus.
A student refrained from throwing out an apple core during recess because he remembered from out Pollution Solutions lesson that food waste can be used as compost in the garden! - Garden Educator Manager, San Benito Elementary
Taste Tests: Children taste vegetables and fruits they may not get at home, including chard, collards, cabbage, broccoli, leeks, and more! 'Lizard licks', 'bunny nibbles', and 'turkey gobbles' are methods we use to encourage adventurous eating, inspire bravery in tasting and being open to new foods.
Food & Environmental Literacy: Ultimately, our program supports student academics while as students understand the impact of food choices on health, the environment, and our economy.
I think spinach tastes good. I didn't know I liked spinach. - 3rd Grade Student, Cambria Grammar School
Who says you can't have fun and make a difference?