Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

24 people think this is good

Detroit Public Schools Using School Gardens to Promote Curiosity and Healthy Eating


"The garden at the Frederick Douglass Academy all-boys school started with a question. One that hit the boys in the ego.
Math teacher Marquita Reese asked her students why she — an older, female, vegetarian, marathoner could outrun the spry middle and high school boys.
“They couldn’t explain it,” she said. “We got into a discussion about nutrition.”
Pretty soon, boys who initially thought gardening was for girls were growing vegetables on the campus..."

Continue to



  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really cool that a lesson like this inspired kids to act and garden- and defy gender stereotypes. I wonder if there were more interactive spaces like gardens in schools, if it would inspire kids to think differently. Classroom design is really thought-through in pre-schools, but seems to drop off in middle school and high school!