Learning gardens are outdoor, educational environments where students discover soil science and agricultural sustainability through hands-on practice. With learning gardens, students explore how modern agriculture, gardening, and plant growth play a valuable role in food production, health, and sustainability.
Learning gardens have the added benefit of physical activity, building environmental awareness and stewardship skills, and fostering collaboration, teamwork, and leadership in the community. Gardens also provide experiential learning that ties into existing curriculum subjects, such as chemistry, biology, math, social studies, and history. Gardening brings these subjects to life, helping students discover how they fit together.
Incorporating learning gardens into Canada’s education system allows students and teachers to connect with the surrounding community, and nurture engaged citizens who are passionate about the impact of food security and global issues through effective and experiential science-based learning opportunities.