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Gardens provide students with a real-time look at how food is grown. Unlike lectures or worksheets on healthful practices, gardens provide an experiential, hands-on learning environment, a real-world activity that engages students and encourages them to explore and reason independently. Gardening gives children a chance to learn an important life skill, one that is overlooked in standard school curriculum’s. Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature. Children develop new skills and learn about science and nature from growing their food. Each child from Grade 9, planted one plant at home and observed them during their growing stage. Initially, they displayed curiosity, reasoning and, discovery about the science of plants, their growing pattern, weather, soil and how to choose appropriate space to decide the planting spot, etc. During this process students explored the cause and effect, for example, plants die without water, excess water is harmful, weeds compete with plants, a relation of plants chosen and sunlight, frequency of watering, etc. Children demonstrated responsibility by taking care of plants and sharing their learning to others about the success as well as failure in the project. Some of them went ahead with more than one, by experimenting rooftop plantation. A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and observation; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.

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