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Master Gardener Classroom Garden Project: An Evaluation of the Benefits to Children

Jacquelyn Alexander, Mary-Wales North and Deborah K. Hendren
Children's Environments
Vol. 12, No. 2, Children's Gardens and Children in Farming (June 1995), pp. 256-263
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41503434
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Abstract

The Master Gardener Classroom Garden Project provides many inner-city children in the San Antonio Independent School District with an experiential way of learning about horticulture, gardening, themselves, and their relationships with their peers. To evaluate the benefits of participation in the Classroom Garden Project, data was collected on 52 second and third grade students. Qualitative interviews indicate that participation in the gardening project has had many positive effects on the school children. The children have gained pleasure from watching the products of their labor flourish, and have had the chance to increase interactions with their parents and other adults. In addition, the children have learned the anger and frustration that occur when things of value are harmed out of neglect or violence.

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