Western Grower & Shipper Magazine

Bringing Farming to Life for Arizona Students

From coast to coast food groups, agricultural organizations, locavores, and others are attempting to reconnect consumers with where their food comes from. Through the years, people have lost touch with the fact that the food they enjoy daily somehow, someway originated on a farm. There is an absolute disconnect with who is providing the food.

Long Beach Gets and Urban Garden

On an overcast Tuesday morning, just prior to the July Western Growers Board of Directors meeting, Western Growers Foundation (WGF) held a workday at a new urban garden in Long Beach. With more than 30 volunteers on hand, including WGF board members Rachael Barkley (Chairman Robby Barkley’s spouse) and Nikki Patricio (former Chairman Steve Patricio’s spouse), the garden received some tender loving care.

WG Foundation Funds More Schools To Spread the Word

More California and Arizona school children will have access to healthy snacks, nutrition education and information about where their food comes from thanks to the Western Growers Foundation (WGF).

In July, the foundation awarded $15,000 in school garden grants, educator resources and drip irrigation kits (courtesy of John Deere Water) to 10 alifornia garden education programs. Additionally it awarded $1,250 and a one day training program for three teachers to each of 10 Arizona schools.

Continues Advocacy for School Gardens

To celebrate the sustainability and academic success of the school’s garden, representatives from Congressman Wally Herger’s (R-Chico) and California Assemblyman Dan Logue’s (R-Chico) staffs, Butte County’s Wil-Ker-Son Ranch and Western Growers Foundation joined students and teachers last month in Chico Country Day School’s outdoor classroom for a surprise presentation.

Fruit and Veggie Fest 2010

Western Growers and Western Growers Foundation (WGF) is partnering with Network for a Healthy California in their efforts to spread the word about eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

It is a perfect match, as Western Growers Foundation’s mission is to create healthy farms, food and communities, and promote sound science, food safety and nutrition education while Network for a Healthy California four pillars are: increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity levels, increase food security and increase chronic disease prevention.