Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS)

Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) is a multidisciplinary after-school program that serves 2nd-5th grade students from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School with meaningful hands-on academic enrichment activities that complement the school day.

BUGS works to help students improve academic skills, school attendance, and behavior, while also building confidence and self-esteem. All activities are designed to encourage youth to enjoy learning, make positive choices and develop socially, advance a sense of accomplishment, and make an impact in their community.  The theme-based curriculum is focused on four main components:  Cooking/Nutrition, Gardening/Environment, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Creative Arts.

The program provides a dynamic learning environment at Living Classrooms’ East Harbor Campus, with access to a greenhouse, vegetable and flower gardens planted by the students, two egg-laying hens, three classrooms, a kitchen, and the last remaining wetlands on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Every spring, the students host a 100% kid-run farmers’ market where they learn the real-world application of their math knowledge and entrepreneurial skills and gain valuable customer service skills, while also showcasing their work throughout the year.  BUGS has been nationally recognized for its creative approach and its students’ significant academic and social gains.


Percentage of students increase their Math scores after spending one school year in the BUGS program.


Percentage of students learn about the farm-to-table life cycle, exposing them to healthy eating and cooking practices.


Hours of direct instruction provided to students in 2019.


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Contact: Tara Martin

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802 S. Caroline Street,
Baltimore, MD 21231