School Gardens:
Integrating Gardening

Creating sustainable change by integrating gardening into schools as a learning and social engagement tool

What are School Gardens

One of the ways Environmental Stewardship is shown at a younger age is via a school garden. Through school gardening, students become responsible caretakers. They have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale and learn about the responsibilities and impacts of land cultivation. Immokalee, Florida, is also experiencing a major health crisis as the number of overweight and obese youth is increasing. The edible school gardens give children the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition. The fruits and vegetables grown in the school gardens also provides the knowledge of new vegetation not known before. Students also learn how to look for pest, inventory their plants, create labels, and spreadsheets of harvest logs. Most importantly school gardens allow students to gain self-confidence and a sense of “accomplishment.”


Provide Teaching Aids

Promote Friendly Interactions

Provide Gleaning to Cafeterias

Ownership and Sustainability

Encourage Social Interaction


4+ Active Garden Sites

26+ Participants

2+ ADA Compliant Locations

4+ Gardens Used as Teaching Aids


Immokalee High School

iGrow / iTech College

Pace Center for Girls Immokalee

Lake Trafford Elementary School

Collier County Public Schools