Master of Science (MS)


Human Resource Education and Workforce Development

Document Type



The purpose of this study is to determine if there are any effects of school gardens on low socio-economic first grade classroom located in the Southern Region of the United States. It is crucial for students to understand food sources and where it originates. Data was gathered through interviews using qualitative research methods. Analysis consisted of examining data from themes and discriminate cases. Personal interviews were done with teachers and students involved in the garden project. Permission was received to interview the students at school. All participants will remain anonymous. The results of the study found that the garden project did provide the participants with a positive new experience and hands on learning. Academic effects were not measured due to the age and developmental stage of the first graders. School gardens provide students with an opportunity to learn not only what they should eat, but also obtain a greater appreciation for how food is grown. Garden projects at school are a great way to make classroom subjects more interesting and significant to students.



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Committee Chair

Machtmes, Krisanna L.