Gardens for New York Kids
ACSF Faculty Fellow Nancy Wells (DEA) and her team are bringing school gardens—and fresh-grown fruits and vegetables--to elementary students at 15 low-income schools across New York State. A nationwide project, Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth will reach as many as 2,500 students in 50 schools across the country.
Wells leads the research component of a randomized study to measure the impact of the gardens on students’ nutrition, activity levels, and science learning. Wells called school gardens “a rare intervention that has the potential to affect both diet and physical activity.”
Her team’s pilot project, “Gardens for New York: Ecological Literacy, Diet, and Physical Activity,” was launched with a 2011 AVF award from the Atkinson Center. The national effort is now funded with grants of $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Active Living Research program.
Read more about Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth in the Cornell Chronicle.