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In April of 2011, USDA Food and Nutrition Services awarded a consortium of four Land Grant Universities the People’s Garden School Pilot Program. Washington State University served as the lead institution in collaboration with Cornell University, Iowa State University, and the University of Arkansas to develop the Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth (HGHY) program. The pilot program ended in 2013.

The project was implemented by 24 Extension educators across Arkansas, Iowa, New York, and Washington. By the conclusion of the project, these Extension educators had collected 86,000 surveys, taken 129,000 lunch tray photos, implemented 4,000 educational toolkit lessons, and planted 6,200 square feet of gardens.

The information on this page is archived content; the project is no longer active. Upon registration, you can access and use the project’s educational toolkit (click here). You can view the research outcomes from the project here.

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Media Materials:

Full Media Kit: One-page synopses of core elements of the project: Project Overview; Educational Toolkit; Research Approach & Methodology; In the Schools; Participating Schools; and Project Personnel

Media Kit Components (individual one-page synopsis of each element)

Project overview: Overview of project
Educational Toolkit Overview: Components of the Toolkit and the philosophy behind selection and implementation of the toolkit.
Research Overview: Overview of the research questions and approach
In the Schools: Overview of how the project works with participating schools.
Participating Schools: List of schools involved in the project by state (AR, IA, NY, and WA).
Project Personnel: List of National, State, and local personnel participating in the project.

Additional Elements

Hiawatha Elementary School’s Participation: Overview of a participating school in the People’s Garden, Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth program.

Peoples Garden in Washington: Overview of the People’s Garden, Healthy Garden Healthy Youth project in Washington state.

Short Overview: Two-page overview of the People’s Garden Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth project

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 Presentations & Publications

  • Research Brief #4: School Gardens Enhance Children’s Science Knowledge
  • Gaolach, B., N. M. Wells, K. V. Barale,  M. E. Aitken, E. Myers,  G. Ferenz, C. Tse, N. Franz, K. Pattison, J. Carson, L Connerly, and L. Falk. 2014. Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth: People’s Garden School Pilot Project. 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Austin, TX. April 15-18, 2014.
  • Gaolach, B., M. Aitken, K. Barale, N. Wells, E. Myers, G. Ferenz, C. Tse, J. Toering, J. Carson, L. Connerly, and L. Falk. 2013.  Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth – People’s Garden School Pilot Project. Galaxy IV Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. Sept 16-20, 2013.
  • Gaolach, B., K. Wilson, C. Kiang, and D. Thurness.  2013. People’s garden school pilot program.  American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference.  Seattle, WA. Aug 8-10, 2013.
  • Echon, R. M. 2013. Evaluation of national school lunch and breakfast programs; using digital food image analysis.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Volume 45, Issue 4, Supplement, S80-81 (July–August 2013).
  • Rollings, K.A., & Wells, N.M., (2013).  Cafeteria assessment for elementary schools (CAFES): Instrument Development.  Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting.  Providence RI. May 2013
  • Wells, N.M., Myers, E.M., Echon, R., Wilkins, J.L., Militello, R. (2013).  Lunch tray photography: measuring children’s dietary intake at school.  Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting.  Providence RI. May 2013
  • Myers, E.M. & Wells, N.M. (2013).  Development of the system for observing children’s physical activity while gardening (SOCPAG). Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting.  Providence RI. May 2013
  • Wells, N.M., Myers, E.M. Gaolach, B., Henderson, C., Wilkins, J., Ferenz, G., Aitken, M., Tse, C., Barale, K., Toering, J., Naeve, L., Carson, J., Connerly, L., Falk, E. (2013).  Examining the effects of school gardens on children’s diet and physical activity: A randomized controlled trial.  Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting.  Providence RI. May 2013
  • Gaolach, B., M. Aitken, and G. Ferenz. 2013. Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth Part 1- Program and Research Overview. National Urban Extension Conference.  Overland Park, KS. May 6-10, 2013.
  • Barale, K. G. Ferenz, and B. Gaolach. 2013. Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth Part 2- Educational Toolkit and Distance Education. National Urban Extension Conference.  Overland Park, KS.  May 6-10, 2013.
  • Myers, E.M. & Wells, N.M. (2013).  Observing children’s physical activity while gardening: validity and reliability.  Active Living Research conference, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  San Diego CA, Feb 25-28. 
  • Gaolach, B.1,  M. Aitken1,  G. Ferenz2, K. Barale1, N. Wells3, B. Myers3, C. Henderson3, J. Wilkins3, C. Tse2, J. Toering4, L. Naeve4, J. Carson5, L Connerly5, and L. Falk3. 2012. Healthy gardens, healthy youth: People’s garden school pilot project.  Sustainable Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Symposium. Pullman, WA. Dec 2012.
  • Myers, B.M., Wells, N.M., & Demment, M. (2012). School and physical activity: Environmental and policy influences on children’s time outdoors.  Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting, Seattle, WA. May 2012
  • Wells, N.M. (2012). School Gardens & Children’s Health: Research Challenges & Strategies. College of Sustainability.  Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Feb 2012

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