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Help School Gardens Flourish

By Rebecca Joerres, September 3, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

You, our customers, are seriously amazing! In just a little over two weeks, you’ve donated over $700,000 to help support School Garden Grants. Tell your friends and family and let’s keep those donations coming! Donations are accepted online or at checkout in your local store. The more we raise, the more we can help grow school gardens. If you missed our earlier post about how school gardens help kids develop healthier eating habits, here’s an encore of that info.

In partnership with FoodCorps, Whole Kids Foundation will grant 1000 schools $2000 each to build or expand their school garden. To kids (and many adults!), gardens are magical places where they can see things come to life. Experiencing that process for themselves helps kids understand that food comes from plants, and not out of a box or off a truck. With that in mind, the goal of the garden grant program is to support schools wanting to establish or grow their gardening programs so they can offer their students the great experience of gardening. School gardens help children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. Like anyone who gardens, kids are proud of the fruits of their labor and are more apt to eat the fresh veggies they’ve grown. School gardens also offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. Plus, teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.

If you’re interested in getting a garden in your local school and want to find out more about the online application process, visit the Whole Kids Foundation® School Garden Grant Program page for a downloadable PDF with complete grant information. Did you have a garden as a kid? Tell us about it!