Ripe for Change

Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools, Jane S. Hirschi, 2015

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Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools takes a big-picture view of the school garden movement and the state of garden-based learning in public K–8 education. The book frames the garden movement for educators and shows how school gardens have the potential to be a significant resource for teaching and learning. In this inviting and accessible book, the author:
  • Summarizes the current school gardening movement and the emerging field of garden-based learning
  • Provides an overview of the origins, benefits, and barriers to school gardening
  • Explores sustainable models for garden-based learning
  • Includes five case studies of successful partnerships between urban districts and nonprofit school gardening organizations around the countryIllustrates how gardens can be used for integrating  academic lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Includes examples of important tools available for assessing the impact of school gardens
Ripe for Change reveals a wealth of resources to show how garden-based learning is being implemented in a systematic way in public education, and offers next steps to widen and deepen the practice to reach children in all schools.