Today, Western Growers Foundation awarded $1,500 grants to nine schools in California and Arizona to help grow school gardens. Since 2002, the effort has funded more than 500 school gardens throughout California and Arizona.

Studies show school gardens increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables by children. The school garden program also allows students to reconnect to the rich agricultural heritage in both Arizona and California. Family farmers that helped fund these grants are featured on, a website highlighting videos of farmers as well as nutritional information and fun facts on nearly 100 types of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Western Growers Foundation also offers free school garden resources to teachers via its California School Garden Network interactive website.

Grants were awarded to: Dingle Elementary in Woodland, Calif., Bahia Vista School in San Rafael, Calif., Bret Harte Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., Brunson-Lee Elementary in Phoenix, Ariz., Lawrence E. Jones Middle School in Rohnert Park, Calif., Tucson Village Farm in Tucson, Ariz., W.F. Killip Elementary and Community Learning Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., Point Fermin Marine Science Magnet in San Pedro, Calif., and Marblehead Middle School in San Clemente, Calif.

The grants were provided with support from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. This is Western Growers Foundation’s fourth year in partnering with Monsanto Fund. For more information, contact WG’s Paula Olson at (949) 885-2249.

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