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Welcome to Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth

The “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth” People’s Garden School Pilot Project is an Extension partnership that aims to engage more than 4,000 elementary students in creating vegetable & fruit gardens in 54 low-income schools, as part of a 2.5-year research study.  Key partners include: 

  • Washington State University Extension
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and
  • University of Arkansas Extension.

The randomized study, led by Nancy Wells, Dept. of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, will examine the effects of school gardens on the students’ fruit and vegetables consumption, and other educational outcomes.

Project Goals:

  1. Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
  2. Empower Youth in their Communities
  3. Contribute Toward a Sustainable Environment and Food System
  4. Build a National Network

Click here for more project background.

If you are an Extension Educator, visit the Research Materials page link at the left for access to data collection training videos, handouts, toolkit materials, etc.  Materials on these pages are password protected; your state lead can provide you with the necessary login information.

If you are a school teacher, administrator or volunteer, visit the Educational Toolkit page link to access links to surveys, training videos for the delivery of the Educational Toolkit, forms, etc. Materials on these pages are password protected; your local Extension professional can provide you with the necessary login information.

If you would like general information about the project, visit the Press Room.  








The Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth program is a pilot project of the USDA's Peoples Garden Program and has been funded in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.  Project number CN-CGP-11-0047.



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