Core uses for garden-based learning beyond basic education

Community Development
    Gardens often serve as a focal point for community dialogue, capacity building, and partnerships
    Gardens often organize individuals for action – for water delivery, cooperatives, and transportation

Food Security
    Gardens can address hunger at the individual, family, and community levels through planning, growing, and sharing
    Gardens can be the beginning point for teaching and developing food policy

Sustainable Development
    Gardens are an appropriate arena to introduce children to the interconnections that link nature to economic systems and society

Vocational Education
    Gardens represent a historic and contemporary model for developing vocational skills in agriculture, natural resource management, and science

School Grounds Greening
    Gardens provides practical productive strategies to transform sterile school grounds into attractive and productive learning centers
    Hands-on activities in outdoor classrooms make learning more interesting while demonstrating other benefits such as decreased absenteeism and discipline problems