Students learn about the importance of product knowledge, customer service, and marketing and advertising by hosting the farm stands. Parents, teachers, and members of the community come out to support these popular kid-run farm stands and buy fresh, local produce from the gardens.
“The students really take pride in the garden and are really excited when they get to go to garden class. They take a lot of ownership in the garden,” said Dr. Lucretia Prince, principal of Crestmont Elementary.
Students in the Schoolyard Roots program experience garden learning from grades K–5. Using the garden as an outdoor learning lab, they are exposed to new experiences and have an opportunity to make real-world connections to what they learn in the classroom. The garden is used to teach history, science, math, and language arts.
“It’s all about exposure—the garden exposes the students to something they might not be otherwise exposed to. That’s what school is all about,” Dr. Price said.
Each year, students participate in planting, exploring, harvesting, and cooking lessons. The Schoolyard Roots curriculum ties directly to Alabama Education standards.
If you are interested in learning more about the program and how they’re growing, visit schoolyardroots.org or follow them on social media at @schoolyardroots.
Here are the dates and times of the upcoming Tuscaloosa-area Schoolyard Roots farm stands: