Garden-based learning improves students’ academic engagement and lead them to develop healthier eating habits. In the garden, children make discoveries, ask questions, and investigate the answers for themselves. Exploring the garden rewards children’s curiosity about the world outside the classroom, imparting students with the inquisitive drive that is fundamental to all learning. Working the earth to plant and harvest fruits and vegetables also helps them form a healthier relationship with the food they eat, empowering them to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives.
The CitySprouts program partners with public schools in Cambridge and Boston to make garden-based learning part of every child’s education from the time they start school through their middle school years.
The CitySprouts Model
CitySprouts works with teachers to help them extend their existing school curriculum into the garden and to use the garden experience as a springboard for further learning back in the classroom.
Our staff of garden coordinators provides each of our partner schools with onsite support throughout the growing season. In addition to planning, assisting and making “garden expert” visits to classes, CitySprouts garden coordinators ensure that each schoolyard garden is thriving.
CitySprouts supports teachers’ peer-to-peer learning through our Teacher Forum webinar series and through visual demonstrations of garden lessons and activities created by teachers and for teachers.
Our partners in this work are the public schools and school districts we serve. Our underlying principle is that integrated garden-based learning needs the support of teachers, schools and district leadership if it is to make a meaningful change in children’s lives.
- King Open School
- Peabody School
- Haggerty School
- Amigos School
- Baldwin School
- Cambridgeport School
- Fletcher Maynard Academy
- Graham & Parks School
- Kennedy-Longfellow School
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School
- Morse School
- Tobin School
- Cambridge Street Upper School
- Putnam Avenue Upper School
- Rindge Avenue Upper School
- Vassal Lane Upper School
- Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School
- Mather School
- David A. Ellis School
- Higginson/Lewis K-8 School
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
- Lee Academy Pilot School
- Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy