Using a garden to enrich student learning helps make science, technology, engineering, and math -STEM- real! It gives learners the extra edge by providing them with opportunities to physically apply what they learn in the classroom to their life. Gardening with young minds is a fun way to get them thinking critically and applying their academic knowledge. A garden of any size can help reinforce a child’s understanding of how food grows, environments, life cycles, and weather. With just a little bit of space, time, and effort, gardening can teach the life skills of patience and responsibility. A garden connects children to nature. It can also provide children with multiple opportunities to practice and enrich academic concepts.