IRVINE, Calif. One Central Coast Elementary School will receive a generous check to help its students learn the value of farming and nutrition thanks to a family of two alumni. Gilroy farmer Joe Aeillo will present a check to San Martin/Gwinn School Wednesday. The money will help support the school garden at the elementary school, where students get hands-on learning about what it takes to grow fruits and vegetables, the importance of good nutrition and the wonderful sense of accomplishment of eating what one grows.
The event begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the school, located at 100 North Street in San Martin.
Joe Aeillo of Uesugi Farms will present the check for $4,000 to students at the event. The money will help grow and sustain the existing garden and bring much needed improvements and materials such as wheel chair accessible raised beds, new plants and seeds, drip irrigation and tools for both children and adults.
Paula Olson, with Western Growers Foundation, the organization who helped coordinate the event, said partnerships such as the one between Aeillo and San Martin/Gwinn is a perfect example of how people can come together and help children in their community. “If children grow it, they will eat it,” Olson said. “Western Growers members grow the best medicine in the world. Joe is a great example of that, growing peppers, pumpkins and other nutritious food. School gardens are a way for Western Growers members to share that message with our children.”
For more information about the Foundation, including how you can donate, visit http://www.westerngrowersfoundation.org/.