How One Portland Organization Uses School Gardens to Plant Seeds of Confidence

In front of Powell Butte Elementary School, on the east side of Portland, Oregon, is a transformed patch of concrete. In a plot no bigger than 20 feet long, there are rosemary bushes planted next to grapes that hang off a curved trellis. A patch with the three sisters (corn, squash and beans) butts up … Read more

The Perilous State of School Lunches

A new political battleground was drawn this summer in an unlikely place: the school cafeteria. During the COVID-19 pandemic, funds from the American Rescue Plan Act made universal free lunch accessible in schools across the country. Rather than having to fill out applications or prove income levels, all kids were able to get free lunches—and … Read more

Opinion: Community and School Gardens Don’t Magically Sprout Bountiful Benefits

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. While it is widely understood magically that community and school gardening have innumerable health, well-being and educational benefits, it’s important to realize these benefits don’t appear when gardens take root. Over past six years, I’ve worked closely with educators, … Read more