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Growing a life : teen gardeners harvest food, health, and joy / Illène Pevec.

  • Pevec, Illène, 1948-
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About this work


Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential school and community gardening programs can be for adolescents. Readers follow author Illène Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner New York City, and from agrarian New Mexico to urban Oakland, California, to study remarkable youth gardening programs for at-risk teens. Expressive candid interviews with more than eighty students, substantiated by relevant neuroscience research and a framework of positive psychology, explain the life-altering physical and emotional benefits of gardening. As students share their experiences tending the soil and the plants, feeding their families and their communities, and guiding younger children, readers are given the opportunity to examine the largely unexplored topic of mentored urban gardening. Growing a Life will inspire educators, community leaders, and youth to team up and establish community gardens where they do not already exist and to involve youth in existing gardens.--AMAZON.


New York, NY : New Village Press, 2016.

Physical description

407 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm


First edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-407).


Preface. Do our brains change while we garden? -- Introduction. Why teens? why gardens? -- The green Bronx machine -- Planting trees, tomatoes, and transformation -- The sustainable technology effect -- The challenges these gardeners face -- Choosing higher education -- Sowing seeds for success -- Gardens grow healthy youth -- Cultiva -- a market and youth leadership garden -- Colorado Rocky Mountain School -- Roaring Fork High School grows food for lunch and sustainability education -- Teen mothers garden at Yampah Mountain High School -- Adolescent health and the food environment -- what difference can a garden make? -- Oakland -- gangs or gardens? -- Changing the urban food desert -- Harvesting responsibility -- Youth reach out to the community -- A mentor goes the extra mile -- Love cultivating schoolyards -- Building a garden builds us -- Game theory, optimizing a food business -- Taos -- ancient traditions, young farmers -- Sembrando semillas : community irrigation, ancient to modern -- Feed the hood -- Physiological and neurological research : clues to why gardening benefits the gardener -- Cultivating health, happiness, and peace.


  • English

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    Medical Collection
    BF353.5.N37 2016P51g
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  • 9781613320174
  • 1613320175