Title

Gardening in the Ghetto

Lead Author Major

Speech-Language Pathology & French Literature

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Michael Susca

Faculty Mentor Department

Speech-Language Pathology

Abstract/Artist Statement

This project looks at the impact of urban gardens on inner city populations, specifically elementary school children. My research details the development of community gardening, the positive impact of these gardens on mental health, stress, nutrition, academics, and teacher-student relationships. I have been directing the student garden at El Dorado Elementary School in Stockton for three semesters now, and the benefits have been numerous for the school, the students, and the staff. There is a mentoring component to the garden in which the junior high classes on campus are paired with the kindergarten and first grade classes in order to promote leadership skills. The goal of this project has been to restore the El Dorado Elementary School garden to its original usefulness so that future classes can benefit from the life lessons that gardening provides and to create a haven of peace, sustainability, and life on this school campus. The project includes a research paper, pictures and videos of the garden from the last year and a half, and newspaper articles from the Stockton Record.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

26-4-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

26-4-2014 12:00 PM

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Gardening in the Ghetto

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

This project looks at the impact of urban gardens on inner city populations, specifically elementary school children. My research details the development of community gardening, the positive impact of these gardens on mental health, stress, nutrition, academics, and teacher-student relationships. I have been directing the student garden at El Dorado Elementary School in Stockton for three semesters now, and the benefits have been numerous for the school, the students, and the staff. There is a mentoring component to the garden in which the junior high classes on campus are paired with the kindergarten and first grade classes in order to promote leadership skills. The goal of this project has been to restore the El Dorado Elementary School garden to its original usefulness so that future classes can benefit from the life lessons that gardening provides and to create a haven of peace, sustainability, and life on this school campus. The project includes a research paper, pictures and videos of the garden from the last year and a half, and newspaper articles from the Stockton Record.