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Training Teachers Coast to Coast

A classroom floor becomes a garden as 2nd graders at Hiawatha Elementary in Webster, Iowa decide which of their favorite fruits and vegetables will be planted in their school garden. Gathered in anticipation around a rectangle that represents the actual size of the garden bed, their teacher skillfully guides the planning, helping them consider which plants will thrive in Iowa’s climate, which plants require more or less sun, and which plants will be compatible neighbors.

Along the way, the teacher introduces math concepts – deftly integrating her classroom lessons into a real world experience. Soon the students will be planting this garden for real – just as they have planned it – as will 4,000 other youth in 57 schools in Iowa, Arkansas, New York and Washington participating in Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth (HGHY), a project of the People’s Garden School Pilot Project.

This snapshot is from a series of training videos that help teachers deliver lessons about agriculture and nutrition.

This snapshot is from a series of training videos that help teachers deliver lessons about agriculture and nutrition

 

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Students sing while harvesting from their garden

The national project team was visiting Junction City, Arkansas and had the opportunity to watch HGHY Educator and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension agent, Robin Bridges, leads students at Junction City Elementary in a lesson as they harvest beans.

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Deputy Under Secretary Visits Hiawatha Elementary School

It may look like just another lunch at Hiawatha Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but these children are part of The People’s Garden School Pilot Project. The students at Hiawatha Elementary are among 4,000 youth in 57 schools in Iowa, Arkansas, New York, and Washington participating in Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth (HGHY), a project that will assess how school gardens influence students’ fruit and vegetable consumption. – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/12/23/healthy-gardens-healthy-youth-school-pilot-program/#sthash.MrdHMAm3.dpuf


Dr. Thornton meets with the project leads and partners in Iowa. (photo from USDA blog)

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