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School Gardening in the early 1900s through today: Contemporary works-Books, Documents

Primary source materials and information about gardening within K-12 schools in the early 20th century through today. Now a part of the AgNIC network!

Books and Documents

Documents are listed in alphabetical order by author.

Anderson, Peter Grant. 2010. Ottawa School Gardens in the Early 1900’s. Bytown Pamphlet Series,; No. 76; Variation: Bytown Pamphlet Series. Ottawa, Ont.: Historical Society of Ottawa.

Bremner, E. and J. Pusey. 1999. Children’s Gardens: A field guide for teachers, parents and volunteers. 3rd edition. University of California Cooperative Extension, Common Ground Garden Program, Oakland, C.A. 200 pages. [link is down / hoping to reconnect soon]

Bryce-Clegg, Alistair. 2012. Gardening and Growing : How to Plan Learning Opportunities That Engage and Interest Children. Planning for the Early Years; London: Practical Pre-School Books.

Brynjegard, Shira. School Gardens: Raising Environmental Awareness in Children. Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2001. 3 pages.

Bucklin-Sporer, Arden. How to grow a school garden: A complete guide for parents and teachers. Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010.

A Child’s Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards. Grades Two Through Six. California Department of Education: Sacramento, 2002. pdf, 112 pages.

Family Vegetable Garden Series, an MSU Extension Bulletin set of 26 pamphlets geared for gardening with children and families. Topics covered included planning the garden, soil work, the various vegetable groups, and a gardening glossary. All are in pdf format; publicly available.

Fontenot, Kathryn Adhikari Achyut, Edward . Bush, Robert . Williams, and Fatemeh . Malekian. 2014. Food Safety in Louisiana School Gardens. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University AgCenter. pdf 8 pages.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2010. A New Deal for School Gardens. Rome, Italy: FAO.

Freeman, Bonnie and Jennifer Rees. 2000. A Gardening Angels How-To Manual: Easy Steps to Building A Sustainable School Garden Program. University of California Cooperative Extension, Common Ground Garden Program, Oakland, C.A. 13 pages.

Freeman, Bonnie and Jennifer Rees. 2003. School Garden Start-Up Guide: Easy Steps to Building A Sustainable School Garden Program. University of California Cooperative Extension, Common Ground Garden Program, Oakland, C.A. 9 pages. [pdf link]

Gaylie, Veronica. Roots and research in urban school gardens. New York : Peter Lang, c2011. 195 pages.

Grant, Tim and Gail Littlejohn. 2001. Greening school grounds: Creating habitats for learning. Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers. 136 pages

Guy, Linda A., Cathy Cromell and Lucy K. Bradley. Success With School Gardens: How to Create a Learning Oasis in the Desert. Arizona Master Gardener Press, 1994. 140 pages.

Hayden-Smith, Rose. 2014. Sowing the Seeds of Victory : American Gardening Programs of World War I. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc , Publishers.

Hemenway, Herbert Daniel. 2010. How to Make School Gardens : A Manual for Teachers and Pupils. [n.d.]: General Books.

Hirschi, Jane S. 2015. Ripe for change: garden-based learning in schools. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press.

Hollyer, James R. 2011. “Student and Food Safety : Best Practices for Hawai`i’s School Gardens.” Food Safety and Technology. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Jaffe, Roberta Katzenstein-Escobar Amy Harlamoff Gail Perloff Erika Ganzhorn Darrie Glowaski Paul Reti Irene, and Sarah Farmer Ellen Rabkin. 2010. Life Lab Science Program; Homeless Garden Project : An Oral History. Cultivating a Movement : An Oral History Series on Organic Farming & Sustainable Agriculture on California’s Central Coast. Santa Cruz, Calif.: Regional Oral History Project, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jim, Chi-yung. 2010. School Green Roof : City Cooler and Cleaner. 1st ed. Hong Kong: Friends of the Country Parks : Cosmos Book.

Jurenka, Nancy E. Allen, and Rosanne J. Blass. 1996. Cultivating a child's imagination through gardening. Englewood, Colo: Teacher Ideas Press.

Kane, Deborah and Rose Hayden-Smith. What's for lunch? A review of school food and garden-based education in the United States using Portland Public Schools as a model for change

Kiefer, Joseph, and Martin Kemple. 1998. Digging deeper: integrating youth gardens into schools & communities : a comprehensive guide. Montpelier, Vt: Food Works, Common Roots Press.

Klemmer, C.D. 2002. Growing minds: the effect of school gardening programs on the science achievement of elementary students. Doctoral Dissertation. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Lawson, Laura. The Planner in the Garden: A Historical View into the Relationship between Planning and Community Gardens. Journal of Planning History, 3(2004): 151-176.

Mackey, Bonnie, and Jennifer Mackey Stewart. A Librarian's Guide to Cultivating an Elementary School Garden. Columbus, Ohio: Linworth Pub, 2009.

Macfarlane, Fiona. 2010. Strengthening Ecological Citizenship through Environmental Education : School Gardens and Experiential Learning in Auckland Schools.

Mader, Joel. 2010. Cleveland School Gardens. Images of America; Variation: Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

McGriff, Maggie Caroline. 2014. “Effect of an after-School Garden Club Program on Elementary Students.” Ph.D.; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; 2014. Ph.D.; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; 2014.

McKelvey, Pauline. 2014a. The Outdoor Classroom. Greenfingers at School. Christchurch: User Friendly Resources Ltd.

———. 2014b. The Essential School Garden. Greenfingers at School ; Book A. Christchurch: User Friendly Resources Ltd.

Marturano, Arlene. 1999. “The educational roots of garden-based instruction and contemporary gateways to gardening with children”. In: Kindergarten Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4(1), 55-70.

Murphy, Dominic. 2010. The Playground Potting Shed : A Foolproof Guide to Gardening with Children. London: Guardian Books.

Nelson, Julie. 2011. “Food Growing Activities in Schools Report Submitted to Defra.”.

Nelson, Julie Martin Kerry, Jane Nicholas, Claire Easton, and Gill Featherstone. 2011. Food Growing Activities in Schools : Report Submitted to Defra. Slough , Berks: National Foundation for Educational Research.

Nuttall, Carolyn Millington Janet Leigh, Mary-Anne . Cotter, Kay illustrator. Schiefelbein, Jane illustrator. Bottomley, and illustrator. 2013. Outdoor Classrooms : A Handbook for School Gardens. East Meon, Hampshire, UK: Permanent Publications.

Ozer, Emily J. 2007. The Effects of School Gardens on Students and Schools: Conceptualization and Considerations for Maximizing Healthy Development. Health Education & Behavior, 34 (6): 846-863. DOI: 10.1177/1090198106289002

Perloff, Erika Carlson Amy Begin Jill. 2010a. Sowing the Seeds of Wonder : Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education. South Burlington, Vt.: National Gardening Association.

Pounders, Sarah. 2010. Garden Adventures : Exploring Plants with Young Children. South Burlington, Vt.: National Gardening Association.

Ratcliffe, Michelle Markesteyn. Garden-based education in school settings: The effects on children's vegetable consumption, vegetable preferences and ecoliteracy. Ph.D., Tufts University, 2007, 203 pages. [WorldCat record]

Redman, Margaret A. 2013. “Keeping Green Schoolyards Green : A Study of Challenges and Success Strategies for the Long-Term Sustainability of Schoolyard Habitats.”.

Revera, Clare. 2010. “Gardening in School : All Year Round.” Crediton : Southgate Publishers.

Ritz, Stephen, and Suzie Boss. 2017. The power of a plant: a teacher's odyssey to grow healthy minds and schools. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale.

Robinson, Mary. 2013. Minnesota School Gardens : A Guide to Gardening and Plant Science: Featuring 31 K-12 lessons linked to the Minnesota Academic Standards.. Minnesota Dept of Agriculture.

Schwartz, Becky. 2010. The Heart of Desert Marigold. [Philadelphia, Pa.: Becky Schwartz.

Skelly, JoAnne Seymour Kelly. 2010. Growing a School Garden. Special Publication. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Starbuck, Sara Olthof Marla, and Karen Midden. 2014. Gardening with Young Children. Second edi. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Subramaniam, Aarti. Garden-based learning in basic education: A historical review. 4-H Center for Youth Development Monograph, 2002. 12 pages

Subramaniam, Aarti. Garden-based learning in basic education: Considering assessment from a learner-centered approach. 4-H Center for Youth Development, Fall 2003. 32 pages.

Yamashita, Lina. 2008. Learning to Eat Appreciatively and Thoughtfully (EAT): Connecting with Food through School Gardens. Honors Thesis in Environmental Studies. Oberlin College, 2008. 124 pages.

Wanasinghe, A.D. 2003. From School Garden to Home Garden. Integrated Food Security Programme. Trincomalee, Sri-Lanka. Technical Paper 29. 35 pages.

Ward, Sue. 2011. The Early Years Gardening Handbook : A Practical Guide to Developing Outdoor Spaces with Young Children. Laughton, U.K.: Invercargill, N Z.

Williams, Dilafruz R Brown Jonathan D. 2012. Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education : Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life. London: Routledge.

Yamamoto, Britt Teruo. 2000. But who’s going to water? Complexity and thick explanation on a critical ethnographic study of two school garden projects. Thesis (M.S.)--University of California, Davis. 91 p.

Subject Headings

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School gardens.

School gardens -- Michigan.

School gardens -- United States.