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