Core uses for garden-based learning in basic education

Academic Skills
    To support core academic training, particularly in science and math – real world hands on experiences
    Enrichment of core curriculum in language arts through introduction of new learning landscapes
    To support standards based education in countries with national or regional education standards

Personal Development (Mental & Physical)
    To add a sense of excitement, adventure, emotional impact and aesthetic appreciation to learning
    To improve nutrition, diet and health
    To teach the art and science of cooking with fresh products from the garden or local farms
    To re-establish the celebratory nature of a shared meal

Social & Moral Development
    To teach sustainable development
    To teach ecological literacy and/or environmental education
    To teach the joy and dignity of work
    To teach respect for public and private property

Vocational and/or Subsistence Skills
    To teach basic skills and vocational competencies
    To produce food and other commodities for subsistence consumption and trade

Life Skills

    To teach about food and fiber production
    To engage children in community service and environmental care
    To involve students in lessons of leadership and decision making