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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 Jul-Aug;44(4):379-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.08.001. Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Factors contributing to a school's decision to apply for the California Instructional School Garden Program.

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Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the applicant schools (AS) to non-applicant schools (NAS) residing in the same school districts for the California Instructional School Garden Program and identify barriers to the application process.

METHODS:

A case-control, cross-sectional study design was used to compare resources and school environments. Pearson chi-square and logistic regression were conducted.

RESULTS:

Public schools throughout California participated (n = 1,662). The response rates for AS and NAS were 43.2% and 48.2%, respectively. Applicant schools had greater access to garden coordinators and parent/community volunteers dedicated to school gardens, and they had other sources of funds/grants to support school gardens compared to NAS (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Access to certain garden resources played a significant role in predicting whether schools would decide to participate in the California Instructional School Garden Program.

PMID:
22236495
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2011.08.001
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