School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate.
All applicants to our 2013 School Garden Grant program have been notified!
Congratulations to the 600+ School Gardens who received a 2013 School Garden Grant! Get started on your garden planning with our School Garden Resource Center.
Our 2013 Garden Grants have been mailed! If you sent us your signed grant agreement, your grant will arrive in your mailbox soon.
And, all applicants have been notified! If you have not heard from us, please first check your spam folder, and then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were so many more amazing school gardens than we were able to support this Spring! If your school did not receive a grant, or if you missed the application, please stay in touch and apply again this Fall. Our 2014 School Garden Grant application will be open September 1st-October 31st. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.
FoodCorps is a new national nonprofit organization that seeks to combat childhood obesity and diet-related disease while training the next generation of farmers and public health leaders. Their service members are investing a year of paid public service conducting nutrition education, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing local food for school meals in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. Within a decade, FoodCorps expects to deploy an annual service force of more than 1,000, to impact some of the most pressing issues of our time: childhood obesity, environmental sustainability, and the way we farm, eat and educate.
Looking for more information or inspiration? Check out our resources for school gardens and environmental efforts.
We broke ground on the Enright Park Community Garden in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh in July 2008. In partnership with the surrounding neighbors, the Kentucky Avenue School, and East Liberty Development, Inc., we worked together to transition an overgrown and abandoned corner lot into a thriving field of cucumbers, zucchini, raspberries, tomatoes and more.
Five Whole Foods Market team members have volunteered to nurture 60 baby plants that have been selected based on their high nutrient density. Follow their gardening adventures and see if they successfully grow a summer garden.
Once an abandoned baseball diamond in the heart of Baltimore, The Meadow is now a thriving community garden and agricultural learning center created and maintained by the Mid-Atlantic Region of Whole Foods Market. Mark "Coach" Smallwood, Whole Foods Market's local forager for this area, first discovered the neglected site in 2009 while walking his dogs around the neighborhood. After nearly a year of negotiation with Baltimore City, he was granted access to break ground on vegetable production.