School garden programs offer students place-based experiences that deeply impact their understanding of food, health, nature and community. Successful garden programs can improve test scores, fight childhood obesity, promote physical activity, expose kids to healthy foods, change eating habits and provide positive connections to nature. In order to be successful, a school garden program must have sustained support from the school community, become an integral part of the curriculum, and be a source of relevant learning experiences for all students.
The Connecticut School Garden Resource Center began in 2012 and supports the creation and long term sustainability of educational gardens and outdoor learning spaces through the facilitation of a network of educators, gardeners, community volunteers, non-profit organizations and others who create and share resources on gardening, curriculum and community engagement strategies.
CT-SGRC is a program of Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education located in New Haven, CT. Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, families, and adults. To learn more about Common Ground visit commongroundct.org.
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