Testimonials from Memphis

Voices from Memphis


“They are amazed to see what comes out of the ground. There is a time element. And things grow with time, and then all of sudden you reap the results of your labor. So I think that’s a good thing.”


“My first grade can tell you all about pollination, even the process. They can tell you what photosynthesis is. First graders, can tell you what photosynthesis is. That the seed coat isn’t finished eating cause he’s not big enough yet. And then they tell the other children, don’t rip that off, cause he’s not finished eating that, he’s a baby, and he can’t make his food by himself, and these are first graders.”


“Big Green Memphis not only designed and provided a garden, but also brought together a staff whose common bonds are gardening and educating our students. Seeing that our school is in the heart of the Whitehaven community, where children do not have a clue about gardening, I find this to be an ongoing partnership that would continually cultivate students to be health conscious about the foods they choose to eat. I’ve shared my story about a young boy who has not seen Swiss Chard nor any vegetables other than canned corn. On Harvest Day, we prepared a recipe from Big Green Memphis and the young boy looked at the Swiss Chard and said that he wanted to give it a try. Once he tried the Swiss Chard, he loved it so much, he ate about five full plates of Swiss Chard! Exposing students to garden grown foods increases the students’ knowledge about the foods they like and want to eat, in which strikes their interest in healthier eating.” 

Kenya Berry
Co-Chair of Science Content Committee and Chair of Learning Garden
Holmes Rd. Elementary


“Alongside all of the tangible items provided by Big Green to make this garden come to fruition, they offer continuous professional development as to keep everyone engaged, excited, and supported. Just as they did with our garden, they provide us with everything during professional development (PD). Not only is PD full of engaging activities that we can take back to our schoolhouses and classrooms, but the people with whom we work are absolutely amazing. They make sure that we know they are there to help us every single step of the way. They give us printouts of information, sets of manipulatives to use in the classroom, and a plethora of resources to keep us educated.”

Jonathan Willinger
Math and Science Teacher
St. Joseph Jubilee Catholic School


“This past year alone, Big Green served 238 middle/high school and 135 K-2 elementary students. Big Green worked with both locations and we are pleased to continue our partnership. MBA finds the Big Green’s Learning Garden model and their extensive support to be invaluable because it helps us create experiential, cross-disciplinary lessons that give students the chance to get outside and teachers the chance to engage students in innovative ways. Introducing students to garden grown foods increases students’ preferences for fruits and vegetables, which, in turn, builds a healthier school environment. Often our students do not have consistent access to experiential learning or education about healthy food. We frequently see students who began the year with limited levels of participation in school increase their classroom participation and confidence by the year’s end through their use of the Learning Garden.” 

Mrs. Chequita Phillips
Business Teacher
Memphis Business Academy