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Western Growers Foundation, along with its proud partner, the California Department of Education, announced that 100 California K-12 schools will receive $150,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible gardens.  Each school received $1,500 plus seeds and other materials.  The grants were made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, administered through California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Among the list of grant recipients is Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, CA.  The school garden is managed by Pat Huff, a science teacher at Harbor Day, with the help of teachers, parents and other volunteers.  Ms. Huff is grateful for the $1,500 grant which will help revitalize their garden.  “Each student will get one square foot in our new raised beds to grow fruits and vegetables,” she said.

To assist with the planting is Ken Schwarz, grandfather to Harbor Day 2nd grader Durham Pelinka.  Schwarz brings his expertise as a certified Master Gardener to the garden.  “I’m excited to pass on my passion of gardening to my grandchildren by volunteering here at Harbor Day.  I’ve seen firsthand that children will eat what they grow,” said Schwarz.


California School Garden Grant Recipients by County:


Alameda County

Berkeley Technology Academy

Cleveland Elementary

Henry Haight Elementary

Hoover Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

Malcolm X Elementary

Thousand Oaks Elementary


Calaveras County

San Andreas Elementary


Contra Costa County

Los Medanos Elementary

Mount Diablo High School

Parkmead Elementary


Fresno County

School of Unlimited Learning


Inyo County

Bishop Elementary


Kern County

Beardsley Elementary

Lost Hills Elementary

Tompkins Elementary


Lassen County

Johnstonville Elementary


Los Angeles County

Aeolian Elementary

Bell Gardens High School

Bellarmine-Jefferson High School

Billy Mitchell Elementary

Chaparral Elementary

Downtown Value Charter School

Evelyn Thurman Gratts

Larchmont Charter School

Los Altos Elementary

Lucille Smith Elementary School

Marquez Elementary

Mesquite Elementary

Monterey Hills Elementary

Mulholland Middle School

MUSE School

Topanga Elementary Charter School

Whittier Christian Schools

Wilshire Crest Elementary


Marin County

Bayside MLK Academy

Brookside Elementary


Mendocino County

Arena Union Elementary

Grace Hudson Elementary

Laytonville High School


Monterey County

Captain Cooper Elementary

Crumpton Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

Rancho Cielo Youth Campus


Napa County

Stone Bridge School

Vichy Elementary


Nevada County

Alta Sierra Elementary

Sugarloaf Mountain High School


Orange County

Beckman High School

Harbor Day School

Rolling Hills Elementary

Whittier Elementary


Riverside County

Granite Hill Elementary


Sacramento County

Cordova High School

Del Paso Heights Elementary

Thomas Kelly Elementary


San Benito County

RO Hardin Elementary


San Bernardino County

Baldy View Elementary

Newman Elementary

Soar Charter Academy


San Diego County

Bobier Elementary

Casita Center Elementary

Castle Park High School

Jamul Primary School

Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities

Madison High School

Mt. Everest Academy

Naranca Elementary

Rolling Hills Elementary

San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts

Serra High School

Vista High School


San Joaquin County

Lodi High School

Tracy High School


San Mateo County

Castilleja School

Ormondale School

San Mateo County Court School

St. Roberts School


Santa Barbara County

Alvin Elementary

Arellanes Junior High

Martin Luther Tunnell School


Santa Clara County

Discovery Charter School 2


Santa Cruz County

HA Hyde Elementary

Happy Valley Elementary

Orchard School

Pacific Elementary


Shasta County

Oak Run Elementary

Shasta Union Elementary


Solano County

Dixon High School


Stanislaus County

Julien Elementary

Stanislaus Elementary


Tulare County

Earlimart Elementary

Pleasant Elementary

Rocky Hill Elementary


Yolo County

Pioneer Elementary

River City High School

Stonegate Elementary

Waggoner Elementary

Westmore Oaks K-8 School

Zamora Elementary


Western Growers Foundation’s edible school garden program is open to all K-12 schools, both public and private, in California and Arizona.  For more information, please contact Paula Olson at or to donate, visit

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