Interpreting the Evidence
Boys Ready to Work in the School Gardens at Fairview Garden School, Yonkers, 1904
Suggested Teaching Instructions
A crowd of boys ready for work, each with a hoe or a rake, at Fairview Garden School, Yonkers, New York, May 1904.
School gardens became popular during the beginning of the twentieth century. By 1910, there were approximately 80,000 school gardens in the United States in twenty-one states, including New York. Some school gardens were built on rooftops, which offered additional and needed space. The school gardens were part of “hands-on” learning and could be connected to real-life experience and learning. Students were able to study and interact with nature and increase their respect for it.
How does culture influence a society's education system?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and identify key characteristics of the American education system during this time period.
Research what the students did with their produce and flowers.
Science: Research the types of plants that were grown in rooftop gardens. How could plants be grown on the rooftops of buildings? Are rooftops still being used for that purpose today?