There are many garden programs available for schools. Most focus on engaging children in specific tasks around growing vegetables. Which is great, but Vegepod sees things a little differently.
For students to be really engaged in gardening (and learning), they need to feel a sense of place and belonging. Only then will they truly be engaged in learning and actively involved.
Research tells us students’ wellbeing and resilience is linked to time spent in greenspaces. The benefits of constructive time in gardens includes: lower anxiety, increased sense of wellbeing, improved mindfulness and better concentration. Socio-cultural theory tells us kids learn through active participation. Participation is also a central tenet of children’s wellbeing in schools.