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Youth Gardening

Resources for Gardening with Youth

Gardening benefits the whole child:

  • Gardening offers active and engaging connections to academics, from science and math to nutrition and literacy.
  • Students remember information better when they design experiments, use more than one style of learning, and can share their new found knowledge with others.
  • Gardening captures kids' interest, teaches them nurturing skills, gives them a sense of pride in their accomplishments, introduces them to healthful foods, and provides a way to improve and give back to the community.
  • Research indicates that children who spend time outdoors in natural, green spaces have reduced symptoms of attention-deficit disorder and ADHD.
Local Youth and Food Organizations

Two Old Potatoes and Me

This picture book is set in Mulberry Junction Community Garden in Minneapolis. 

Thirteen very different voices -- old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful -- tell one amazing story about growing a community garden from a vacant, rat-infested lot and how it transforms the neighborhood.

We will add relevant books as we find them. Don't be afraid to ask your local librarian, or do an internet search to find more!