Developing IPM Resources for Youth Gardening Programs
Roth, Monika; Rizzo, Leigh MacDonald
School gardens and youth gardening programs have arisen from the disconnect between children and the outdoors. Modern day children need more opportunities for physical activity and an improved diet with fruits and vegetables to combat childhood obesity. We propose to develop the plans for an IPM fruit and vegetable demonstration garden that will be illustrated by plants, cultural practices and signage, and to develop 6 hands-on IPM lessons to be piloted at Ithaca Children’s Garden. The purpose will be to teach youth (and adults) about pest identification, beneficial insects, and pest management. Training for use of the IPM lessons will be offered to area school garden coordinators.
New York State IPM Program
Community IPM; Gardening; Schools