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Benefits of Gardens on College Campuses

College students face a variety of stressors during their everyday lives, but there is research that providing gardens on college campuses can help. From challenging classes and exams to juggling work and social life, college students are bombarded with stress. The pressure to excel can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. They can also face financial issues and food insecurity due to the high costs of tuition and the limited resources available. Finally, being away from home for the first time in their life can lead to a sense of loneliness or homesickness.

In order to combat some of these challenges for college students, colleges can create community gardens on campus. The overall benefits of gardening are well known, but there are specific benefits of gardens on college campuses.

1. Increased physical health: Eating fresh fruits and vegetables grown on campus gardens can help students stay fit and healthy by providing access to nutritious meals, thus reducing food insecurity of college students.

2. Improved academic performance: Eating nutrient-rich foods from campus gardens can help students think more clearly and focus better in class, leading to improved grades and overall academic performance.

3. Enhanced socialization: Participating in gardening activities on campus can help foster strong relationships and boost confidence in students.

4. Environmental stewardship: Having a campus garden provides a unique opportunity for students to understand their local environment and develop an appreciation for nature.

5. Economic savings: Growing food on campus can reduce the cost of meals for students and reduce the university’s food budget.

Of the almost 4000 higher education institutions in the United States, only 100 of them have implemented community gardens – that’s 2.5%. Obviously, given that statistic, there is an opportunity and need for community gardens on college campuses, especially given the benefits provided above.

To learn more about how FULL and FULL Community Foundation can help your college or university build and maintain a campus garden, please click here.

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