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Abstract: Objective: School gardens are becoming increasingly popular means to address educational and health concerns for American students, and are part of a wider move to increase the sustainability of our food system through local foods. Recent federal legislation included grant money for school gardens; the question addressed here is the extent to which this will be helpful. Methods: Methods ... read moreincluded literature reviews and interviews with representatives from schools in Barnstable County. Conclusion: The availability of grants for school gardens from the federal government will have little effect on such programs. The government's outreach regarding grants has not been sufficient for widespread awareness, and the provision of only short-term funding (even, and perhaps especially, in large amounts) is not adequate to ensure the long-term sustainability of garden programs. More education and additional support must be provided, in order to produce a substantial increase in school garden programs throughout America.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Sheldon Krimsky.
Committee: Timothy Griffin.
Keywords: Agriculture education, Environmental education, and Health education.read less