CHILDREN'S GARDENING SURVEY
FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS


This survey will measure the current gardening interests of children. Through teacher and parent responses, we will be better able to keep pace with the growing number of children involved in gardens and the places where they garden. The survey will identify topics for us to develop into electronic resources. Thank you in advance for your response. Please feel free to check more than one response per item.

This survey is being accumulated by an email response system at Texas A&M University. It is not necessary to change the email information on the next 4 lines.

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1. How are you involved with children and gardening?
    parent
    teacher
    relative
    community gardener
    other

2. Where do your children garden most?

    home
    school
    relative's house
    community garden
    other

3. Do you garden with your children?

    yes
    no

4. Do you feel this activity brings you closer together?

    yes
    no

5. What kinds of things are grown in your children's garden?

    fruits
    vegetables
    flowers
    other

6. How many children do you know that are involved in a gardening program or garden as a hobby?

    (please type below)

7. Gardening can provide human benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. Please indicate which of the following are important to you and the children with whom you garden:

    growing fruits and vegetables for food
    socializing with gardening friends
    feeling relaxed and safe in a plant environment
    learning about plants
    improving home or community with plants and flowers
    exercising for physical benefits
    n/a (not applicable)
    other (please type below)

8. Indicate any garden benefits that you've observed in the children you work with:

    stress reduction
    improved self-esteem
    less depression
    better interpersonal relations
    better physical condition
    n/a
    other (please type below)

9. Do you feel that gardening has taught your children about nature and the environment?

    yes
    no

10. Indicate any children's gardening information or topic(s) you would be interested in having us post on this homepage:

    physical benefits
    psychological benefits
    nutritional benefits
    n/a
    other (please type below)

11. Do the children you work with live in the city or in the country?

    city
    country

12. What is the age range of the children with whom you work?

    less than 8 years old
    9 to 12 years old
    13 to 15 years old
    16 to 18 years old
    over 18 years old

13. Please list any other comments about children's gardens below.

    (please type below)

14. How did you find this survey:

Again, thank you for your responses. Questions may be directed to Jayne Zajicek at Texas A&M University.

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