School Gardens Boost Learning and Health for Students

By Gretel H. Schueller, ""Learning Gardens"," March/April 2013

Learn how school garden programs can improve both healthy-eating habits and test scores.

Higher test scores, improved learning, healthier eating habits—you can’t go wrong with a school garden, as dozens of studies have shown. A study of sixth graders in a garden program, for example, found they more than doubled their fruit and vegetable consumption. "The impact is so wide. It’s a sea change," says Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen [Community], a nonprofit that aims to establish 180 school "Learning Gardens" around the country by the end of 2013.

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