News

Visit Us at CSGN.org!

Please visit us at our Collective School Garden Network website!

The Collective School Garden Network is a place for teachers, parents and volunteers to access resources, lesson plans and grant opportunities for edible school gardens. Our mission is to plant and sustain an edible garden in every willing California and Arizona school.

WGF Announces New Grant! Apply today!

Western Growers Foundation (WGF) is pleased to announce the 2013 Arizona / California Grant for Sustainable Edible School Gardens. This grant is open to all K-12 Arizona / California schools, who have existing gardens. Forty schools will receive $500 each to sustain their fruit and vegetable gardens. Applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 14, 2013. Only online applications will be accepted.

Click here to apply today!

New Life Head Start Gets Ready for Fall

Children at the Neighborhood House Association’s (NHA) New Life Head Start Child Development Center in San Diego will plant fall vegetables and learn the concept of the fall harvest in their own school garden. With the help of a garden grant from Western Growers Foundation (WGF), the child development center was able to plant an edible garden on the playground. The garden will support the innovative curriculum developed through the nationally recognized NHA Nutrition program.

School Gardens - Not just for the kids

Los Angeles Valley College’s Child Development Center which received the Child Care Center Nutrition Garden Grant in June 2013, has embraced the edible school garden program as part of their curriculum and seen results that go beyond the classroom and affected the lives of children and staff.

Gary Knox garden increasing test scores

Within a year of its' inception, the Gary Knox Elementary School Garden is already positively impacting the students test scores. "Science test results of the fourth-grade students increased 17 percent," said Principal Laura Hurt.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/gary-knox-garden-cultivates-learning-harvests-higher-test-scores/article_4621d1c1-e67f-5837-8192-adfaa8424a4c.html

Yuma schools receive grants for gardens

Rachael Barkley and Paula Olson, VP of Marketing at Western Growers visited Alice Byre Elementary School to present a $1500 check from Western Growers. Students will be using the funding to expand their small two-bed garden to include more vegetables and fruit.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/grants-89827-farm-teacher.html#ixzz2gQ8sRwxp

Download AZ School Gardens Resource Guide

A comprehensive guide developed by experts to be a must-have resource for anyone enhancing learning through school gardens and other community settings.

Download the Arizona School Gardens Resource Guide free at the link below.

Download CA School Gardens Resource Guide

GARDENS FOR LEARNING

A comprehensive guide developed by experts to be a must-have resource for anyone enhancing learning through school gardens and other community settings.

Download the California School Gardens Resource Guide free at the link below.

Arizona Schools Receive $1,500 for their edible school gardens

Congratulations to the following Arizona schools. Each will receive $1,500 to grow and sustain their edible school garden.
 
 
Four Peaks Elementary,  Apache Junction
Littleton Elementary School, Avondale
Liberty Elementary School, Buckeye
Chandler High, Chandler
Coolidge High School, Coolidge
Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary, Cottonwood
Ponderosa High School,  Flagstaff
Marshall Elementary Magnet, Flagstaff
Thomas Knowles Elementary, Flagstaff

Child Care & Pre-school Garden Grants - Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the Child Care and Pre-school Garden Grants!  

Resource Guide for Preschool Gardens

In 2012, Western Growers Foundation (WGF) worked with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD) to provide 100 garden grants of $1,000 each to eligible child care centers or preschools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These competitive garden grants were awarded to agencies or sites that demonstrate how they will use garden-enhanced nutrition education to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among 2-5 year olds in child care or preschool settings. 

WGF Announces HMC Farms Oakland Unified School Grant Winners

Through the generous support of HMC Farms, Western Growers Foundation is pleased to announce the grant winners of the HMC Farms Oakland Unified School District grant. The winners will receive a $1,000 grant to grow and sustain an edible school garden. The following schools have been selected to receive a grant:

WGF Announces 2013 Arizona School Garden Grant

Fifty K – 12 Schools to Receive $1,500 Each

Western Growers Foundation (WGF) is pleased to announce the 2013 Arizona Edible School Garden Grant. This grant is open to all K-12 Arizona schools. Fifty schools will receive $1,500 each to create and sustain their fruit and vegetable gardens.

These competitive garden grants will be awarded to schools that can demonstrate how they will use garden-enhanced education to teach students where their food comes from and the important of good nutrition.

WGF Announces Child Care Nutrition Garden Grant

Western Growers Foundation (WGF) is working with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD) to provide 100 garden grants of $1,000 each to eligible child care centers or preschools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Click here to visit the Grants page.

HMC Farms and WGF Announce Grant for Oakland Schools

Through the generous support of HMC Farms, the Western Growers Foundation is opening up a competitive grant opportunity for Oakland Unified School District K-12 grade schools, to receive a $1,000 grant to grow and sustain an edible school garden. The grant application is available now through Jan. 31, 2013. Click here to visit the Grants page.

State Agency Reps See Benefit of WG School Gardens Program

Northern California may be in the middle of a “river” of storms, but that didn’t stop two state agency representatives from getting out and seeing first-hand what state funds can accomplish. Western Growers Foundation visited school garden grant recipient, Oak Park Preschool in Sacramento, Calif. Wednesday. The school received $1,000 as part of a grant funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). They were one of 100 recipients selected to create and sustain an edible school garden.

Check out Gardens for Learning

Gardens for Learning is a great resource to help you plan your school garden.  You may purchase a hard copy or download it here

Yuma Steps Up to the Plate

Greeted at the front entrance by student council members, Jackie and Kyla (pictured), more than 100 guests of Gary Knox Elementary in Yuma, AZ were treated to a celebration of “Power Play’tes.”

Power Play’tes, a play off the USDA choose MyPlate.gov and created by Kristan Sheppeard and Susan Sternitzke of Lime Light Creative Group, will be used in every school in Yuma to encourage children to eat more fruits and veggies.

2012 School Garden Grant Winners

Western Growers Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 School Garden Grant Cycle. 

7 Tips for Head Start and Pre-school Edible Gardens

Through a generous grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Growers Foundation was able to award $600 to 100 California Head Start Centers. After visiting several centers, this video was created, "Seven Tips for Head Start and Pre-school Edible Gardens."

“If they grow it, they’ll eat it.”

Submit Your Recipe Today for Let's Move!

Share your nutritious recipe with the First Lady!  Visit Let's Move for details!
http://www.letsmove.gov/kids-state-dinner 

2012 School Garden Grant Cycle Now Closed

The 2012 School Garden Grant Cycle is now closed. Awards will be announced no later than August 31, 2012. Good luck to all entrants! 

2012 School Garden Grant Application Now Available!

The 2012 school garden grant online application is now available! Click here to begin! Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2012. Awards will be announced no later than August 31, 2012. 

2011 Child Care & Pre-school Garden Grants

The 2011 grant cycle is now closed for child care centers and preschools in California. Click here to watch the KTLA video.

Thanks to the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division for all their support. At this time, there is no funding available for grants, but stay tuned for any future announcements.

School Gardens Video

Thirty percent of children in the U.S. are obese, according to the American Journal of Medicine. Many children may think their food just comes from the grocery store. The Western Growers Foundation school garden program partners with farmers to support gardens in Arizona and California that promote health and nutrition. This has been a great way for children to learn and experience first hand the joys of growing fruits and vegetables.