national Stories from the Garden


Why I Want to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America

American children are being fed processed, nutrient-poor food that leaves them starving and obese at the same time.  Our food system is destroying their growing bodies and minds. With an estimated $63.5 trillion in total private wealth, America is more wealthy than any other country in the world. Yet our children are bearing the burden […]


Nick and Roberto

Nick and Roberto attend McAuliffe Elementary School, which is located in the city’s Hermosa neighborhood. Nick is a 6th grader, and Roberto a 7th grader. Both are fond of their time in the Learning Garden. Nick is a diverse learner – he has developmental delays that affect his ability to learn. Though he can speak, […]


Hard Soil

If you’ve gardened, then you know that it’s best to plant seeds and bulbs in loose, giving soil. Hard soil is difficult to work with. But sometimes, hard soil is what you have. Garvey Elementary School is on Chicago’s far south side, on 103rd street. It’s in the Morgan Park community, bordered by Roseland and Washington Heights […]


McAuliffe Elementary: An Idyllic Garden

This is a story about our one of our Learning Gardens–a story about why collard greens aren’t welcome in quesadillas, but chickens and bees and moms and dads are welcome in learning gardens. We have had a learning garden at McAuliffe Elementary School for a few years, and the entire school – all 760 students, every […]