School Garden : A Teaching Mechanism For Patriotism, Ethics, And Nature

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Introduction The first American school garden was created in 1891, and by 1919 the emergence of the United States School Garden Army involved the participation of thousands of children for producing food for the war effort, moreover, advocates utilized school gardens as a teaching mechanism for patriotism, ethics, and nature (Trelstad, 1997). Today’s youth lack real life experience with the ecosystem. School gardens provide students with the opportunity to learn hands-on, even in a school with limited resources (Bucklin-Sporer & Pringle, 2010). Children spend most of their time in a school setting, which makes schools the main target for programs that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption (Hazzard, Moreno, Beall & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2011). Identifying the purpose of having a school garden can help shape what is expected from support staff, school administrators, teachers, and community. School garden programs vary in purpose, involvement, and each has its own unique curriculum. While other school gardens have raised beds, others may have sunken beds. The design of a garden can also be for focused learning, on fruits and vegetables, nutrition, or local habitat of native plants (Bucklin-Sporer & Pringle, 2010). Each garden is distinctive to its own program based on factors such as (but not limited to), space availability, funding, and the people involved in the maintenance of the garden. Schools are faced with many challenges during the implementation phase of a school
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