The Benefits of Edible Education: Literature Summaries
Research Studies

ESY Berkeley Teaching Staff
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

The following is a list of academic studies examining the positive impacts of school gardens, farm-to-school programs and school cooking programs on students (with a focus on school garden programs).

For each study there is: A full citation, with a link where possible; A summary of study parameters; A summary of the findings; A list of tags for the study to facilitate use of this list.

The tags focus on the benefits of school gardens, and include the following: 

  • Academic Performance
  • Agricultural Interest/Knowledge 
  • Attitudes Towards Fruits/Vegetables
  • Attitudes Towards Math
  • Attitudes Towards School
  • Attitudes Towards ScienceEnvironmental Awareness
  • Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
  • Fruit/Vegetable Exposure
  • Fruit/Vegetable Preferences
  • Life Skills 
  • Nutrition Knowledge 
  • Preferences for Fruit/Vegetables 
  • Student Activity Levels/Sedentary Behavior 
  • Science Knowledge 
  • Student Behavior
  • Student Satisfaction 
  • Fruit/Vegetables Identification
  • Willingness to Taste Fruit/Vegetables


Curated list of studies by Zoe Loftus-Farren.