Delta Garden Study

The Delta Garden Study (DGS) was a science-based school garden intervention designed to increase fruit and vegetable (FV) intakes and minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA), as well as to improve academic achievement, in middle school students in Arkansas. The study used a quasi-experimental, cross-sectional, nested, pair-matched design utilizing 6 intervention (garden) and 6 control (no garden) schools in the Delta region of the state.

The Delta Garden Study was funded from 2009-2013 through a USDA Agricultural Research Service grant. 

ACRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program


Participating Schools

Garden Schools

  • Cloverdale Aerospace Technology Conversion Charter Middle School
  • Harrisburg Middle School
  • Highland Middle School
  • Mabelvale Magnet Middle School
  • Searcy County School District
  • Yellville-Summit School District

Control Schools

  • Henderson Health Sciences Magnet Middle School
  • Joe T. Robinson Elementary School
  • Manila Middle School
  • Northwood Middle School
  • Trumann School District
  • White Hall Junior High School