A Place for Wonder: School Gardens as Sites Ripe for Learning

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

Winter 2021


The excitement and joy of this moment are contagious and are a regular part of learning in school and community gardens throughout Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 2016, Sacred Heart University partnered with Green Village Initiative to harness the power of school gardens to serve area children and communities—not only by providing fresh food, but also by creating learning spaces filled with wonder and discovery. Together, the two entities coauthor grants, create lesson plans, and provide supports to local educators who are using school gardens to enhance the learning and lives of their students and families. The Green Village Initiative oversees 25 school gardens, 12 community gardens, and one community farm. It serves more than 20,000 children, about 5,000 of whom are between the ages of 3 and 7.