Why Gardens?

There are several reasons that this project was started—they are listed below and I hope that you will add to that list other reasons that your community and school are participating. 

  • Research shows that students who garden are more interested in school and make better grades.
  • PACERS believes that science is best learned by students doing the work of scientists which includes our aquaculture, solar, and gardening programs.  There is a lot of science and math to be learned from gardening—that is why we are emphasizing the lesson plans.
  • Community/school gardens are proven to make stronger connections between schools and communities and can serve as a means for enhancing community life and well-being.
  • Community gardens can help meet local food needs and can become the basis for entrepreneurship as well.

Gardens – Grant Money & Lesson Plans

Remember that part of the grant money you receive must be spent on lesson plans to be prepared by teachers.  More about this later—for now you should know that the lesson plans will be collected and published by PACERS and that there will be a small stipend for lesson plans that meet the basic criteria for the project.