School gardens are a valuable addition to the school learning environment. Kids get hands on experience with growing plants. Lesson plans using a school garden can cover nutrition, ecology, biology, math, and economics. The kids get some fresh air and exercise in the process.
Produce from a school garden can also be used in the school cafeteria, giving kids a chance to enjoy fresh foods in their school lunches.
Any non-profit K-12 school or organization in the U.S., U.K., or Canada that has a school garden project is eligible. The school garden project can be in any stage of development – from an idea on a piece of paper to an ongoing garden. The garden project must be intended to last several years.
For details on what you’ll need to apply for the grant, go to the Whole Kids Foundation site. The school garden grants are a joint effort between Whole Foods Market, the Whole Kids Foundation, and FoodCorps.
Image of a school garden by shiladsen, used with Creative Commons license.