BASIS Oro Valley Community Garden

  • Location
    Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Status
  • Age Level
    11 to 13 Years
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

Students seldom get hands-on experience with the growing process of their food. This creates a divide between the agricultural industry and their consumers. School gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, teaching students the importance of soil health and food production. Furthermore, research suggests students who participate in school gardens are more likely to try and have increased preference for veggies and fruits. A school garden also gives students an opportunity to spend time outdoors. Most of students\' learning in done inside a classroom, so school gardens offer a different angle of learning.Visiting the garden can also lead to increased appreciation for the environment. With the stress of school testing, gardens become a place of rest and relaxation. Lastly, school gardens teach students responsibility, communication, teamwork, and leadership. Working toward a common cause fosters a sense of community, bringing parents, teachers, and students together.

Our Plan

We are planning to establish a school garden at BASIS Oro Valley, a charter school in Oro Valley, Arizona. We will grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (e.g. peppers, tomatoes, basil, strawberries, sunflowers, marigolds, and mums). We will incorporate this garden in classroom learning and teach students to tend to the garden with responsibility and care.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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    Industrial Agriculture

The Benefit

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