Schools increasingly want to develop garden programs for their students. The positive effects of school garden programs are numerous and varied: they can improve student nutrition, increase their social-emotional and interpersonal skills, enhance their connection to nature, boost test scores and even reduce neighborhood crime rates. However, many schools lack the necessary resources to carry out a comprehensive program. As a result, many school gardens end up full of weeds and debris rather than flourishing plants and engaged learners.
What sets the successful school gardens apart from the struggling ones? A leader. We meet the needs of the school, while engaging with the local community to achieve long-term and sustainable garden support including garden maintenance, educational programming, and the garden-to-cafeteria connection.
Founded in early 2014 by Teach For America alumni May Tsupros and Adam Zmick, Gardeneers partners with schools to create and sustain effective garden programs.