Gardens act as living classrooms providing students with hands-on education in food awareness and environmental sustainability. Through planting, harvesting and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables students learn about making healthy food choices and expand their knowledge of the ecosystems we all depend on.
The Garden to Table Program is a comprehensive elementary school program that incorporates academic learning into a school garden. Growe has developed standards-based lessons which provide students with opportunities to use science, math and language arts in a garden setting learning first-hand about ecology, economics, meteorology, and the importance of supporting healthy ecosystems.
The Garden to Table program employs experiential learning as tool for helping teachers connect academic subjects to real life. A math lesson in the garden not only teaches students about units of measure, it provides them with an opportunity to practice these skills and apply the knowledge through hands on activities in the garden. The experiential learning framework employed in each of our Garden to Table lessons is based on four elements:
Data collected from Garden to Table lesson surveys show that the program is fun for students, motivating to teachers and inspiring to parents. Numerous children have had opportunities to taste foods they have never tried before, and many families have been inspired to start gardens at home. The survey data we collect from students ensures that our lessons remain meaningful, relevant and impactful. 2012 survey data shows that we: