The selected program is the Garden to Cafeteria Program in Denver, Colorado. The program is highly popular for bringing together students, district personnel, and the members of the public at large to a common goal or producing fresher and healthier foods. Using the program, students in the surrounding community are able to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and distribute the produces to surrounding cafeterias (Denver Urban Garden, 2017). The students use the program to learn important farming skills and ways of meeting different peoples’ needs.
The main strength of the Garden to Cafeteria school gardening program is that it has good access to community. Most gardening programs will fall because they lack the needed community support (Sonja, & Bradley, 2000). Without community support, the students will lack a market for their freshly produced fruits and vegetables. The second strength is access to good funding. Launching and maintaining a school gardening program is a costly adventure (Kelmmer, & Zajicek, 2005). The Garden to Cafeteria program is supported (financially) by various organizations such as the district personnel, schools in the surrounding community, and members of the public at large. The third strength of the program is that it has good management. The management is tasked with the important role of ensuring that the resources of the program are well utilized and guarded.
The program’s main weakness is possible conflicts that may arise in the use and operation of the program. There are many players in the program and possible conflicts are almost inevitable. The second weakness is that students may fail to get equal chances of participation. The program has a very wide scope and some students might miss an opportunity to learn new skills(Ozer, 2006). The third weakness is the lack of sophisticated farming equipments and technology, preventing students from getting the best farming experience.
- Denver Urban Garden. (2017). Garden to Cafeteria. Retrieved March 06, 2017 from https://dug.org/garden-to-cafeteria/
- Kelmmer, C., Waliczek, J. & Zajicek, J. (2005). Growing Minds: The Effect of a School Gradening Porgram on the Science Achievement of Elementary Students. Retrieved March 06, 2017 from http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/15/3/448.full.pdf
- Ozer, E. (2006). The Effects of School Gardens on Students and Schools: Conceptualization and Considerations for Maximizing Health Development. Retrieved March 06, 2017 from www.kohalacenter.org/HISGN/pdf/Ozer_gardens-3.pdf
- Sonja, S. & Bradley, J. (2000). The Importance of School Gradens as perceived by Florida Elementary School Teachers. HortTechnology. 10(1):229-231