Objective
To compare the applicant schools (AS) to non-applicant schools (NAS) residing in the same school districts for the California Instructional School Garden Program and identify barriers to the application process.

Methods
A case-control, cross-sectional study design was used to compare resources and school environments. Pearson chi-square and logistic regression were conducted.

Results
Public schools throughout California participated (n = 1,662). The response rates for AS and NAS were 43.2% and 48.2%, respectively. Applicant schools had greater access to garden coordinators and parent/community volunteers dedicated to school gardens, and they had other sources of funds/grants to support school gardens compared to NAS (P < .001).

Conclusions and Implications
Access to certain garden resources played a significant role in predicting whether schools would decide to participate in the California Instructional School Garden Program.

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Journal: 
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Author Last Name: 
Hazzard
Author First Name: 
Eric, L
Publication Month: 
July
Publication Year: 
2012
Research Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1499404611005094