Date: Oct 01, 2014
August 2014-Western Grower Ag Legal Network

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.

Among these fifty schools is Hollinger Elementary School, a repeat grant recipient, whose garden has flourished with the help of dedicated teachers, parents, community members and WGF.  Sabrina Navarrete-Camacho, a teacher at Hollinger, invited WGF to join their harvesting party this past May.  During this party students got the opportunity to taste the fruits and vegetables of their labor which included carrots, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce and watermelon.  Parents were also invited to share in the festivities and enjoy fresh salsa prepared by the students.  The party was captured on video by WGF and is available for viewing on WGF’s Collective School Garden Network website:


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


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.

For more information please contact Paula Olson at or to donate, visit



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