Thriving Learning School Gardens in Chicago- An Inspiration to Washington Heights

Authors: Rhonda Williams*, Chicago State University
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Land Use
Keywords: Learning School Gardens, Sun-setting Gardens, Retired Gardens, and Title I Schools.
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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There are over 100 learning school gardens in the City of Chicago, County of Cook along with anecdotal evidence that these learning school garden programs can enhance students' learning in academic, social, and health-related domains. Within the over 100 learning school gardens, there are those gardens that inspire and encourage the sun-setting or retired gardens to get back on track and produce standard hefty agriculture.

The data ascertained will prove that Learning School Gardens stimulate cognitive thinking, even as it focuses the mind and calms, Diverse Learners, Compensatory Classrooms, and Special Education students. Gardens offer, an unparalleled experience, and establish a platform to help kids achieve learning goals in ways that are recommended by the National Science Standards. Research provided will prove that this can be done with Urban Title I schools, and in urban cities.

Musk’s Big Green, the national non-profit (formerly the kitchen community) has established more than 450 Learning Gardens in Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis and Pittsburgh. The Data revealed in this project will highlight the Chicago land area.

Access to real nutritious food is a priority in the Chicago land area. The best way to take on this challenge is to launch curbing the addictions to processed, calorie rich, nutrient poor foods that Chicago Public school students bring to school for lunch. It is imperative that we replace these dietary selections with nourishing cuisine. Research in this project will reveal the statistics of successful Learning School Gardens, and their good results.

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