Bill Orr

To launch our newest project, Design a School Garden with LAUSD (and We'll Build It!), we're publishing a series of pieces from stakeholders who have benefited from outdoor classrooms. Today, the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, Bill Orr.

School gardens can bear many fruits. Not only do school gardens provide important opportunities to learn where your food comes from and how to grow it, but gardens can assist with the development of healthy eating habits that can stay with you for the rest of your life. Gardens can be made part of science and social studies lessons and promote alternatives to the use of pesticides and herbicides. School gardens can also be the site of school-wide composting programs. The fruits and vegetables grown can be incorporated into the school lunch program. School gardens can provide a break from the demands of the rest of the school day.

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