Oklahoma City Harvest is an educational program of OKC Beautiful. The program is committed to providing and supporting gardens in school yards within at-risk communities.
We currently have 24 gardens growing in schoolyards across the metro area. These gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, teaching gardens, work spaces, and art studios. We emphasize that the school garden is a beautiful, quiet, and healthy outdoor space in which to learn. With all of the funding challenges facing our public schools, we believe that visits to the school garden can function as an “in-school field trips”.
We continue to support our school gardens with ongoing plantings, seeds, soil amendments and curriculum support. In our next phase, we will begin focusing on programming and helping new and veteran teachers to cultivate lots of great learning opportunities that expand beyond the scope of classroom learning. We know that classroom innovators can find ways to utilize garden produce in culinary lessons, nutrition learning, and healthier living lessons. We know that children are more likely to sample veggies that they’ve helped grow. We know that a fresh air gardening adventure enhances student learning, improves classroom behavior and can even impact teacher morale.
learn more: okcharvest.org