Western Growers Foundation (WGF) and Tanimura & Antle (T&A) teamed up to host the Plant-a-Pot booth at the Yuma Lettuce Days event on March 9-10 in Arizona. The event, which celebrated Yuma agriculture, was held at the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park and attracted more than 25,000 festival goers.
Yuma Lettuce Days offered a variety of events and booths for attendees to sample fresh food and beverages. Celebrity Chef Ben Ford was on hand to cook up delicious meals featuring leafy green vegetables. At the Plant-a-Pot booth, representatives with WGF and T&A educated children and the community about the importance of planting edible gardens and practicing good nutrition.
Principal Laura Hurt and students from Gary A. Knox Elementary in Yuma also helped out at the booth to show what they have learned from having an edible garden at their school. Gary A. Knox Elementary was a recipient of a Western Growers Foundation school garden grant in 2012.
Caitlin Antle Wilson of Tanimura & Antle said, “The Plant-a-Pot booth provides awareness of the need for more school gardens in Yuma, especially in communities where agriculture is present. Even though Yuma is a farming community, most children still don’t know where their food comes from or the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Western Growers also sponsored a giant coloring mural that allowed children to get creative and draw their favorite agriculture scenes and fruits and vegetables.
Overall, the booth proved successful with children taking away more than 600 seedling pots to start their own garden and they learned about eating healthfully.
Western Growers Foundation aims to put a school garden in every willing California and Arizona school. To donate to Western Growers Foundation, please visit www.westerngrowersfoundation.org/donate.
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