Every April, the National Gardening Association and gardeners across the country celebrate the power of plants during National Garden Month. Nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place!
GEF knows that our natural environment provides a rich learning laboratory. “Gardening benefits kids’ health and well-being, their attitudes towards learning and the environment, their connections to community, and so much more.” Through the Green Thumb Challenge, GEF encourages teachers to take their class outside by using our free activities, lessons, books, and, of course, gardening resources. As one teacher explains it, “Exploring and solving real-world problems through hands-on exploration is essential. In the garden, students learn to work cooperatively with others, practice patience, and feel pride in their accomplishments. Through hands-on application of skills, they internalize academic concepts and come to understand why they need to learn them.” (source: National Gardening Association)
This April, join the gardening movement in any way you can and learn the benefits of getting your hands dirty and enjoying your harvests first hand. Don’t be discouraged by a lack of space. There are tons of options for indoor gardens, small raised bed gardens, vertical gardens, and more. Check out GEF’s Green Thumb Challenge start-up kit to learn more.Post by Molly Hislop, Director Programs and Marketing