How Urban Youth Benefit from Gardening

Community and school gardens provide children from urban, low-income neighborhoods with so many benefits. Not only do the kids enjoy a mental lift from working outdoors, they get in-depth knowledge of what it takes to grow, cook and sell produce at local farmers markets. These “outdoor classrooms” teach the young gardeners hands-on lessons in nutrition, science and math that are likely to stick with them for life. The results are evident in better standardized testing scores and in class engagement.

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