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Learning Gardens

Garden-based learning programs lead to increased nutrition and environmental awareness and greater learning achievements for students. They are also an effective and engaging way to meet learning standards. Learn more about the research Extension educators have done.

Robinson-O'Brien, R., Story, M., & Heim, S. (2009). Impact of garden-based youth nutrition intervention programs: a review. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(2), 273-80.

Heim, S., Stang, J., & Ireland, M. (2009, July). A garden pilot project enhances fruit and vegetable consumption among children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(7), 1220-6.

Heim, S., Bauer, K. B., Stang, J., & Ireland, M. (2011). Can a community-based intervention improve the home food environment? Parental perspectives of the influence of the delicious and nutritious garden. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43(2), 130-134.

Other Resources

School Garden ResearchCalifornia School Garden Network — This searchable database is a collection of research articles that demonstrate the value and effectiveness of Garden-Based Learning.

Grow Your Program: Benefits of Garden-Based LearningCornell University — Bolster your grant-writing and case-making with evidence from journal articles and links to research that demonstrate the importance of gardening in children’s lives.

Family Development Research — See more of our applied research and program evaluation projects.

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