Latina student says school gardens aren’t racist

Gardens do not cultivate failure, instead they provide a nice environment, organic food, and teach students valuable skills.

Caitlin Flanagan, a famous American writer and social critic, wrote an article in the Jan./ Feb. “Atlantic Monthly,” saying gardens are racist because they teach Hispanic students to be migrant workers, and that they rob students of hours they could use to study.

However, this is entirely wrong. Gardens provide students with a safe and enjoyable environment where they express their creativity and learn to cultivate their own food. Gardens help communities, and teach students hard work.

I recently worked in Media Academy’s garden during the summer. My experience there was fun, rewarding, and unforgettable. I learned how to cultivate and grow different plants like squash, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, and tomatoes.

Working at Media’s garden made me appreciate gardens more and I learned the benefits organic food has to offer.

Matthew Green, the teacher in charge of Media’s Garden disagrees with Flanagan’s opinion. “I think it was a really silly argument that she did because it tries to blame all these issues on Gardens that have nothing to do with the problem she’s

describing,” said Green.

It’s common knowledge that students learn through a variety of ways and activities. Students need to experience different things in order to expand their knowledge in what the world has to offer.

Gardens also provide students with nutritional information students can use to live healthier. They learn to grow organic food and to share what they learned with their community. It’s important for students to eat nutritious food, especially when obesity is such a big problem. According to many specialists, about one out of every three kids is considered obese.

Gardens are a huge benefit to students, not only do they learn to grow organic food, and eat healthy, but they learn to value the food that ends up on their plate.