OUSD Garden Education's goal is to establish and maintain a garden in every school. School gardens provide urban children access to nature and reflect each child's inherent right to the following:
- Access to healthy, locally-produced food
- Understanding of food systems and the natural cycle
- Social, economic and health justice
- Hands-on alternatives to testing-based instruction
- Self-reliance and character-building opportunities
- Connection to local community
Through school gardens, students become stewards of the environment and gain a stake in the community and the world. This empowers them to discover the connections between personal health, education and opportunity. For the most up-to-date information about OUSD school gardens, policies, resources, and programs, visit The Center Education and Community Programming website.