Research-Based Learning in the Garden

Mary, Mary quite contraryHow does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And research from Cornell
~Nursery Rhyme adapted by Laurie Hansen

As part of the Department of Horticulture and Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Blog’s mission is “to provide educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.”

Some of the interesting resources they provide are short, stand-alone activities and lessons, such as Grapevine Wreaths, which is “a perfect fall activity,” and Plant Clinic, which is created “for reviving tired houseplants, and winter-weary people as well.”

Other projects and publications include:

  • Sowing the Seeds of Success, a booklet that “details the organizational steps needed to initiate a successful community gardening project with kids.  Key chapters highlight how to define roles and responsibilities, form and manage partnerships, create an identity, raise funds, and more!”
  • Radishes to Riches: A Produce Marketing Project for Youth is a “workbook [that] helps youth and adults plan what to grow and how to market their crops.  It provides a hands-on experience of producing the crop and carrying out a marketing plan to sell that crop for a profit.”
  • Garden in the City is “designed for youth and adults who have had little experience with gardening and limited space.  Information covers starting seeds, planning the garden, cleaning the site, breaking ground, planting, weeding, thinning, and harvesting.  It also lists the supplies and tools you’ll need, and suggests related group activities.”

What are you waiting for?  Get growing!

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

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