2012 School Garden Grant Cycle Now Closed
Welcome and thanks for your interest in the Western Growers Foundation school garden program.
Although half our plates should consist of fruits and vegetables – about 5 – 9 servings – the majority of America’s children go without eating one serving of fruits and vegetables each day. Thirty percent of our US children are obese; half are overweight. This is the first generation of Americans at risk of having a lower life expectancy than their parents.
Western Growers is an 87 year old trade association of Arizona and California farmers who grow, pack and ship almost half the produce found in grocery stores across America. To help children understand where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition, Western Growers members created Western Growers Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to create an edible garden in every willing Arizona and California school. As kindergarten teacher Dianne Swanson says, “If they grow it, they’ll eat it.”
Each garden grant recipient will receive up to $1,500 to be used for supplies needed to grow and harvest a fruit and vegetable garden (wood, nails, soil, fertilizer, raised beds, irrigation, garden tools, edible plants, fruit trees, etc.)
2012 Grant Schedule:
The grant cycle is currently closed.
Awards will be announced no later than August 31, 2012.