WGF, Monsanto Fund Partner on School Gardens

Western Growers Foundation announced today it has received a $30,000 grant from Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to help establish school gardens throughout California.

“It’s through the support of organizations like Monsanto Fund that Western Growers Foundation is able to make such a huge difference in the lives of California’s students,” said Western Growers Foundation Administrator Briana Lewis. “Both organizations share the belief that school gardens and nutrition education are critical endeavors. These funds will go a long way toward helping children reconnect with their food source, establish healthy eating habits and embrace an active lifestyle.”

To date, Western Growers Foundation has funded more than 390 school gardens. It’s been shown that school garden instruction not only increases the likelihood that students will embrace a healthier diet, but those students have a tendency to show improvement in traditional subjects like science and language arts. The School Garden Program also allows students to reconnect to California’s rich agricultural heritage.

“Monsanto Fund is dedicated to improving education and good nutrition for all of California’s students through school gardens, nutrition education and agricultural training,” said Monsanto Fund President Deborah Patterson. “We have had a relationship with Western Growers Foundation for a number of years now, and we are proud to be partnering with an organization that shares these priorities.”