Gardening as part of the school curriculum began in the
The tabs at the top of the guide address many of the key documents that have been digitized, namely the United States School Garden Army documents and many of the Department of Interior, Bureau of Education documents, including the set of 17 School Home-Garden Circulars. The other tabs include lists of other digital documents from this ere, plus contemporary online information and some national and state-based school gardening organizations.
For a historical overview of gardening in the schools, consult the following documents as they provide insight to the topic from both the educator and the agriculturist/gardener points of view.
School Gardens with Constance Carter
Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress, describes the history of the school garden in America and offers reasons why school gardens are making a comeback. [The webcast is excellent.]
School Gardens / E. Gang. Report of the commissioner of education [with accompanying papers], 1899. Chapter XX, pp 1067-84.
Children's gardens for school and home: A manual of cooperative gardening / Louise Klein Miller
NY: Appleton, 1904, 235 pages.
The school garden, Farmers Bulletin 218 / Lee Cleveland Corbett
USDA, 1905, 40 pages
School and home gardens / William Herman Dietrich Meier
Ginn and Company, 1913. 319 pages
The war garden victorious / Charles Lathrop Pack
Chapter VIII: The Army Of School Gardeners: How the Children of America were Mobilized by the Government
Philadelphia, J.P. Lippincott Company, 1919. 179 pages