The change in behavior accomplished by Hudson Valley Seed's weekly garden program is due to the in -depth intervention we can provide to students. Because we partner with teachers and work with classes every week of the school year, we can have a significant impact on participating children and we can measure the difference garden education makes. We can work with students with such a high frequency because of our alignment to New York State's Common Core Curriculum. This alignment allows us to integrate health and wellness into the weekly schedule of public school classrooms.
As our students draw and tend their plants they also gain an enthusiasm for trying new vegetables. As students paint a garden mural they also begin to understand their role as environmental stewards. When parents come into classrooms to help their children start seeds, a parent-child bond is fostered around healthy eating.
Every week our students are growing into healthy, engaged, and academically successful members of their community. Learn about how we measure program success here.