Is there a school garden in your community? There could be. With grants from the Western Growers Foundation (WGF) and your personal involvement, a lot of kids will be introduced to good nutrition and the joy of seeing something grow. The Foundation received grants from both the California Department of Food & Agriculture and the Arizona Department of Agriculture. These grants will allow us to give 150 schools funds this upcoming school year. In addition, thanks to generous donations from our members, we will be able to give seeds, irrigation and supplies.
Applications are open now: www.csgn.org/grants
• Fifty schools in Arizona will receive $1,500 each
• One hundred schools in California will receive $1,500 each
With these great opportunities available and more on the horizon, we are asking you to get involved and help the schools in your community. Here are three ways for you to get involved:
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Find a local school, with or without an existing garden, and offer your services. Most of these schools could greatly benefit from your expertise or just general willingness to help!
WGF always appreciates donations that can help us to assist more schools. We would also appreciate any nutritious snack items you can donate towards school events. Visit www.csgn.org/donate or contact us directly to make a donation today!
3. Spread the Word
Reach out to teachers, faculty and community members to tell them to apply for our grants! We are always looking for schools that need help creating or maintaining their gardens.
The Collective School Garden Network was created by Western Growers Foundation to establish a network of school gardens in California and Arizona. Our mission is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden in every willing Arizona and California school.
For more information or to find out how you can contribute, please contact Paula Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.