Practical lessons in the garden enhance and reinforce theoretical learning in the classroom. Under the supervision of our farm and nature instructor, students gain respect for nature, manual work, individuals and the community, and have opportunities to grow plants, harvest vegetables, and prepare meals using produce out of the garden.
Our garden instructors collaborate closely with the school’s Life Skills class where students cook the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors and incorporate healthy eating habits. During the spring, summer and fall months, students participate in planting, maintenance and harvesting of the crops. Students also learn about aeroponics in a vertical garden that grows lettuce, tomatoes, and many herbs, connecting the science and benefits of growing plants this way. In the winter, students learn about the scientific side of horticulture, including plant anatomy and seed propagation.
Purposeful, supervised gardening activities can:
- Enhance self-esteem
- Alleviate depression
- Improve motor skills
- Provide opportunities for problem-solving
- Encourage work adjustment
- Improve social interaction and communication
- Teach marketable horticultural and business skills