Justice through School Gardens

Fall 2022: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7, Room 409

How do food systems become unjust?


Why do our current food systems fail to provide access to healthy school for so many children?


What role may schools play in alleviating inequities in food systems?


How might Arizona policies make school gardens part of all schools?

How can schools be agents of change for the food system?

This course on school gardens will provide students with interdisciplinary approaches on how to make our food system more sustainable and just by connecting students to local elementary schools. Through the school garden, Lab students will support an elementary school's environmental and nutritional education curriculum. Lab students will use their experiences to create a model for state policy on gardens in school. As part of our intellectual scaffolding for understanding the importance of school gardens at the intersection of food justice, environmental justice, and climate justice, students will investigate the problems with the modern food system and how it exacerbates inequalities, for example, health outcomes and children's performance in school. In this Lab, we will look at food and food systems to get at some of the fundamental justice questions raised and then how school gardens might be part of the solution to those inequities. Fulfills (HU or SB) general studies requirements.


Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. View them HERE.

School Gardens in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about the health of education in today’s news!

Black Gardeners Find Refuge in the Soil
Opinion: Here’s how our organic school garden helps students grow

Enrollment Information

Fall 2022: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Interdisciplinary VII, Room 409, Session C

Humanities Lab Philosophy
HUL 494 and 598 PHI 494 and 598
Education School of Sustainability
EDU 494 and 598 SOS 498 and 594
Sustainable Food Systems
SFS 498


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at http://bit.ly/SeizetheMomentASU.

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