Together with communities, our mission is to empower students to connect with healthy food through experiential, garden-based learning. Our vision is that all children, regardless of race, class, or geography, will understand the significance of healthy food in the betterment of their lives. We are building a future in which youth will grow to become healthier, more productive members of society.
We work with schools to improve or create effective garden education programs. Through hands-on garden lessons, we teach students about nutrition, enable them to connect with their community and empower them to become active stewards of the environment.
Gardeneers is the only organization in Chicago dedicated to providing full-service school garden support. When schools lack the time and resources to sustain a garden program, we ensure their success.
School gardens can lead to higher test scores, better student nutrition, improved social-emotional skills and increased community engagement. Studies also link well-maintained neighborhood gardens to lower crime rates and increased property values.
Gardeneers currently sustains 20 school gardens, working with more than 1000 students throughout Chicago. Ultimately, it is our aim to implement school garden programs in food desert communities across the country.