School Garden Resources:
Research and publications
School gardens have been shown to serve a plethora of purposes from combating childhood obesity to raising standardized test scores to increasing parental involvement in schools. This section provides research-based evidence, principally peer-reviewed, of the benefits of school gardens as they relate to children’s health, academic performance and engagement, positive youth development, community development, and environmental stewardship. These studies demonstrate the multi-faceted potential of the school garden as an effective, relatively inexpensive tool to better Georgia elementary and middle schools and their students.
NOTE: The references to publications are provided just as much for your perusal as they are to give credit to the authors, so please access the articles listed to learn even more about the benefits of school gardens, and the research being conducted to support the claims.
School Garden Benefits
These publications document research conducted on a wide range of school garden benefits.
- CDC Childhood Obesity Solutions
Publications on community food systems from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.
- Evaluation of Community Gardens (PDF)
A report highlighting the benefits and challenges of community gardens, published by University of Wisconsin.
- School-based gardens can teach kids healthier eating habits
Publication on the impact of school gardens on child eating habits, from the University of California.