About our Foundation

Western Growers Members Grow the Best Medicine in the World

Who We Are

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

“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.™

Map of Our School Garden Recipients

Is your school a WGF grant recipient but not on the map? Contact Sabrina Blair to be added or for any changes to your school information.

Collective School Garden Network

Formerly known as California School Garden Network

By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, make healthier food choices, and become better nourished.

Gardens offer dynamic, beautiful settings in which to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, nutrition, and health. Such interdisciplinary approaches cultivate the talents and skills of all students while enriching the students' capacities of observation and thinking.

Young people can experience deeper understanding of natural systems and become better stewards of the Earth by designing, cultivating, and harvesting school gardens with their own hands.

School garden projects nurture community spirit, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local business, and organizations.


Alyssa Luu
Western Growers Foundation