Gardening, History, School Gardens

Part 5: Practical Matters of Teaching Gardening

    Gardening in the School Curriculum The manner in which gardening fit into the public school curriculum was hotly debated from the advent of school gardens in America. Was gardening scientific training or connecting to nature? Practical training in economy or beautification? For numerous rural schools in western and Midwestern states, gardening was the… Continue reading Part 5: Practical Matters of Teaching Gardening

Gardening, History, School Gardens

Part 4: The School Garden Movement Blossoms

Early Model in New York City   In 1902, Frances (Fannie) Griscom Parsons, with support from the local parks and school departments, founded the DeWitt Clinton Farm School at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and Fifty-Third Street (in the “Hell’s Kitchen” neighborhood on Manhattan in New York City). The plot, situated on a former dumping… Continue reading Part 4: The School Garden Movement Blossoms

Gardening, History, School Gardens

Part 3: Beginnings of the School Garden Movement

Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PSM_V52_D472_Children_working_in_the_george_putnam_school_garden.jpg It was the prevalence of successful school gardening and agricultural programs in Europe and Canada that encouraged the development of school gardens in America. Beginning with the Putnam School in Boston around 1890, school gardens across the country played an important role in the education and social development of countless American youth well… Continue reading Part 3: Beginnings of the School Garden Movement

Hazen Pingree potato photo vintage community garden
Gardening, History

History of Community Garden Movement in America – Part 2: Pingree’s Potato Patches, Detroit

History of Community Garden Movement in America - Part 2: Pingree’s Potato Patches, Detroit Community gardens come in all stripes. We can reasonably assume that the gardens grown by Native Americans for thousands of years on this continent constituted the first form of community gardens on our continent (see Part 1, Hohokam Irrigation Canals). Likewise,… Continue reading History of Community Garden Movement in America – Part 2: Pingree’s Potato Patches, Detroit

History, Irrigation

History of Community Garden Movement in America

Part 1: Hohokam Irrigation Canals We will present in several blog postings an overview of the history of the community garden movement in America. For an introduction, we don’t need to look far to see evidence of some of the earliest and most advanced irrigated gardens in pre-Columbian America. The extensive irrigation canals that were… Continue reading History of Community Garden Movement in America

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