The Child in the Garden: An Evaluative Review of the Benefits of School Gardening

ABSTRACT: Although educators widely use school gardens for experiential education, researchers have not systematically examined the evaluative literature on school-gardening outcomes. The author reviewed the U.S. literature on children’s gardening, taking into account potential effects, schoolgardening outcomes, teacher evaluations of gardens as learning tools, and methodological issues. Quantitative studies showed positive outcomes of school-gardening initiatives in the areas of science

LA Sprouts: A Gardening, Nutrition, and Cooking Intervention for Latino Youth Improves Diet and Reduces Obesity

Garden-based approaches to nutrition education may be effective for improving nutrition habits in adolescents. A quasi-experimental, garden-based intervention for Latino youth (LA Sprouts) was piloted and assessed for its influence on behavior associated with dietary intake and psychosocial factors. Study participants were 104 predomi- nately Latino fourth and fifth grade students in Los Angeles (mean age, 9.8)

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Factors Contributing to a School's Decision to Apply for the California Instructional School Garden Program

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.

School Gardens: An Experiential Learning Approach for a Nutrition Education Program to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Knowledge, Preference, and Consumption among Second-grade Students

Objective
To examine the effects of a school garden on children's fruit and vegetable knowledge, preference, and consumption.

Design
Self-report questionnaires, interview-style taste and rate items, lunchroom observations.

Setting
An elementary school.

Participants
Second-grade students (n = 115).

Local Wellness Policy Strength and Perceived Implementation of School Nutrition Standards across Three States

Methods: Data collected from school districts in California, iowa, and Pennsylvania included district LWPs and online surveys at the district (n = 23) and school levels (n = 76). LWPs were scored using a standardized coding tool. binary and multinomial regres- sion models were used to examine the predictive ability of covariates and independent factors on perceived implementation of reim- bursable school meals and nutrition guidelines for competitive foods sold and offered