Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2015 Contents duce food."
DUG has 13 garden programmes at schools where
more than 90 per cent of the students qualify for free
and reduced-price lunches.
DUG has found that 73 per cent of the students who
work in the school garden reported increasing their
actual consumption of produce. (NPR)
School is still on vacation, but at Eastern Senior
High School in Washington, DC, students are hard
at work--- outdoors.
In a garden filled with flowers and beds bursting
with vegetables and herbs, nearly a dozen teenagers
are harvesting vegetables for the weekend s farmers
Roshawn Little is going into her junior year at
Eastern, and has been working in this garden for three
years now. "I didn t really like bugs or dirt," Little says,
thinking back to when she got started. "Well, I still
don t really like bugs, but I like the dirt," she laughs.
She gathers a hand full of greens, yanks from the stem
and pulls up a baseball-sized beet.
During the summer, Little gets paid to work Tuesday
through Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm with City
Blossoms, a nonprofit that brings community gardens
to schools, community centres and other places where
kids gather in urban areas.
Little believes that working in the garden has taught
her to try all sorts of new things---like eating different
kinds of vegetables more often. And she s taken those
healthy behaviours home with her. Little brings home
vegetables from the garden, and she says her eating
habits have encouraged her family to buy more fruits
"We re a chubby family and we love to eat. Well,
I do," she adds with a laugh. "We mainly live around
liquor stores and snack stores. There aren t that many
grocery stores. They re way out and you have to drive
so far"--- a common problem in low-income urban
areas. "It seems so pointless, when there are snack
stores right there," she says.
City Blossoms is one of many groups across the
country teaming up with local communities to install
school gardens, like the one at Eastern, in areas with
low access to fresh, healthy foods.
These gardens, advocates say, are really an outdoor
classroom where kids learn valuable lessons---not just
about nutrition, but also science and math, even busi-
There is research that shows the benefits of school
gardens can be real and measurable, says Jeanne McCar-
ty, the executive director of REAL School Gardens.
"There s a trend across the country where kids are
not spending enough time outdoors, period," McCarty
To counter that, the nonprofit, which operates in
Texas and Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia,
works with schools to create "learning gardens" and
trains teachers on how to use them to get students
engaged and boost academics. For example, the gardens
can be used for math lessons---like calculating the area
of a plant bed---or learning the science of how plants
McCarty says REAL School Gardens---which has
built nearly 100 gardens---is constantly evaluating the
outcomes of its programmes, and the numbers are
She says partner schools have seen a 12-to-15 per
cent increase in the number of students passing stan-
dardised tests---not just those in the garden programme,
And 94 per cent of teachers in the REAL School
Garden programmes reported seeing increased engage-
ment from their students, according to an independent
evaluation conducted by PEER Associates and funded
by the Rainwater Charitable Foundation.
She says the benefits don t end with the students,
either. Schools that installed learning gardens saw less
teacher turnover, McCarty says. Principal Margie Her-
nandez tells us she s seen the effect first-hand among
"They start realising that they need something to
invigorate themselves, so they can invigorate their
classrooms and invigorate their students," she says.
And for her students---who come from predomi-
nantly low-income backgrounds---the experience can
be a nutritional eye-opener, Hernandez says. "It totally
changed my kids perceptions of what it takes to pro-
body & soul
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