Date: Sep 09, 2014
Western Growers Foundation Awards $75,000 in Grants to 50 Arizona Schools

Western Growers Foundation awarded fifty Arizona K-12 schools with $75,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible fruit and vegetable gardens. Each school will receive $1,500 plus seeds and other materials. The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.  

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. The school gardens program is an important educational tool that Western Growers Foundation uses to promote good nutrition to our schoolchildren in Arizona and California.  But don’t just take our word for it, here’s a video clip of what students, teachers and parents are saying about their school gardens:

The Edible School Gardens Program is open to all K-12 schools, both public and private, in Arizona.  Western Growers Foundation is expecting a new round of grants to be announced by the end of this year.  Schools interested in participating are encouraged to watch the Foundation’s Collective School Garden Network website for a future announcement.

For a list of schools who received the grants, see below or go to Interested parties can donate to the Foundation via
Arizona School Garden Grant Recipients


  • Rainbow Valley Elementary

Bullhead City

  • Fox Creek Junior High School

Casa Grande

  • Cholla Elementary School


  • Chandler High
  • Chandler Traditional Academy


  • Douglas High School


  • Ponderosa High School
  • Flagstaff Junior Academy- Middle School
  • Manuel DeMiguel Elementary School
  • Sechrist Elementary School

Fort Mohave

  • Academy of Building Industries High School


  • Highland High School


  • Desert Garden Elementary
  • St. Louis the King Catholic School
  • William Jack Elementary School


  • Desert Star School
  • Wildflower School


  • Indian Wells Elementary School


  • Vista del Sur Traditional School


  • Mammoth Elementary


  • Johnson Elementary School
  • Madison Elementary School
  • Sequoia Charter School


  • Morristown Elementary


  • Lourdes Catholic School
  • Nogales High School


  • Faith North Montessori
  • Horseshoe Trails Elementary
  • Champion Schools
  • Ingleside Middle School
  • Maryland Elementary School
  • Sweetwater Community School
  • Western School of Science and Technology
  • Whispering Wind Academy
  • William T. Machan Elementary School


  • Black Mesa Community School


  • Mountain Institute JTED

Rio Rico

  • Rio Rico High


  • Orange Grove Elementary School


  • Broadmor Elementary


  • Borton Primary Magnet School
  • Hollinger School
  • Agua Caliente Elementary School
  • Harold Steele Elementary
  • Holladay Magnet Elementary
  • Summit View Elementary
  • Toltecalli High School


  • Whiteriver Elementary School


  • Heritage Elementary School


  • Fourth Ave Junior High School

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