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Garden-based education in school settings: The effects on children’s vegetable consumption, vegetable preferences and ecoliteracy

by Ratcliffe M. | 1-Jan-2007

The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of school garden programs to address important issues related to childhood nutrition and environmental problems. A secondary objective was to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework specifically for garden-based education in school settings.

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Vermont's Guide fo Using Local Foods in Schools

by Vermont FEED | 01-Jan-2007

This guide is designed to help schools, and particularly food service, reconnect with local food systems through their school food programs. Known as the “Farm to Cafeteria” or “Farm to School” movement, this nationwide trend in school food purchasing is directly changing the way children eat at school while supporting and strengthening local agriculture.

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The Burlington School Food Project, Final Evaluation Report.

by Schmidt M.C., Kolodinsky J., Symans C. | 1-Dec-2006

The Burlington School Food Project (BSFP) is a citywide collaborative formed to address the integration of local foods into school meals and food insecurity among school-aged children in Burlington, Vermont. The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont is the external evaluator for this project and this evaluation report represents the third year of data collected from September 2005 to September 2006. Where appropriate, cumulative three year data is presented from fiscal years 2004 and 2005.

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From “old school” to “farm-to- school”; Neoliberalization from the ground up

by Allen P., Guthman J. | 1-Dec-2006

This paper explores how FTS is navigating the liminal terrain of public and private initiative, particularly the ways in which it interfaces with neoliberalism as both a material and discursive project. It examines the political emergence of school food programs and finds that FTS is strikingly similar to traditional school programs in objectives, but differs in approach

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After-school gardening improves children's reported vegetable intake and physical activity

by Hermann J.R., Parker S.P., Brown B.J., Siewe Y.J., Denney B.A., Walker S.J. | 1-May-2006

In-school gardens have been utilized to enhance children’s eating habits. In a survey of fourth grade teachers at schools reported to have gardens, 47% reported they taught nutrition along with the use of gardening and 43% reported they perceived the garden to be somewhat to very effective at enhancing children’s eating habits.

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Growing minds: The effect of a school gardening program on the science achievement of elementary students

by Klemmer C.D., Waliczek T.M., Zajicek J.M. | 1-Jul-2005

Science achievement of third, fourth, and fifth grade elementary students was studied using a sample of 647 students from seven elementary schools in Temple, Texas. Students in the experimental group participated in school gardening activities as part of their science curriculum in addition to using traditional classroom-based methods.

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