The vacant property south of the play field, is our farm. Produce from the farm is used to supply local businesses, a cooperative program, and farmers’ markets. Trinity Lutheran School (TLS) students strap on their boots and work in the garden under the tutelage of interns and teachers from the University of Portland and Concordia University. Students help plant, pick, and tend to the gardens while the interns guide and educate students in sustainable living. The instructors integrate science, math, social studies, language arts, and culinary exercises into every part of their gardening program.

Key Program Elements:

Understanding the different parts of a plant

Observing differences between types of soil

Harvesting potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and celery

Seeing the farm from another perspective: observing life as an ant

Doing farm work: weeding and laying hay

Benefits of Garden-Based Learning:

Increases the variety of vegetables kids eat

Positively effects food choices

Increases knowledge of nutrition

Superior science achievement scores compared to students without garden-based learning activities

Benefits students’ abilities to work in groups and enhances self-understanding

Cultivates a sense of ownership and responsibility

Increases parental involvement