Who We Are

Western Growers Members Grow the Best Medicine in the World

 Western Growers Foundation was created by Western Growers members as a way to give back to their communities. 

The Foundation’s mission is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden in every willing Arizona and California school.  Edible school gardens give children the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition.  http://bit.ly/wgschoolgarden

Staggering statistics

  • 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.[1]
  • Thirty percent of US children are obese; half are overweight.[2]
  • This is the first generation of Americans at risk of having a lower life expectancy than their parents[3]

“If they grow it, they’ll eat it,” says kindergarten teacher Dianne Swanson.  Teachers know it, studies show it: children involved in fruit and vegetable gardens are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

Founded in 1926, Western Growers is a trade association of  local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona and California. Our members provide half the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables including a third of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices as the first line of defense against obesity and disease. We grow the best medicine in the world.™

[1] Centers for Disease Control, 2009

[2] American Journal of Medicine

[3] American Journal of Medicine