We believe all children deserve access to fresh, nutritious food. Gardeneers partners with schools across Chicago to teach kids how to grow their own produce, lead healthier lives and achieve greater success in and out of the classroom.
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.