September 15, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Western Growers Now Accepting Applications for School Gardens Grants

CA, AZ K-12 schools can now apply for up to $1,500 grant

IRVINE, Calif. (September 15, 2017) – The Western Growers Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2017 School Garden Program. Schools, grade K-12, in California and Arizona can now apply for a grant up to $1,500 to support a new or existing school garden. In order to be eligible for the Western Growers Foundation School Garden Grant, the school or entity must be classified as one of the following:

  • Public School
  • Private Charter School
  • Private school with 501(c)3 non-profit status
  • Private charter school with 501(c)3 non-profit status
  • 501(c)3 or charity non-profit organization supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school
  • School districts supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school

All applications can be submitted to the Western Growers Foundation School Garden Grant Application website. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Candidates will be notified of selection on October 13, 2017.

Since its inception in 1995, Western Growers Foundation has funded more than 1,000 school gardens in California and Arizona. Today, the Foundation’s School Garden program has evolved to support science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to nurture the natural curiosity of children in areas related to farming and agriculture.

Through sponsored gardens, selected curriculum and hands-on learning in the gardens, students will learn about the science of how seeds become salads, the technology available to enhance plant growth, the engineering behind farm equipment and the math to calculate how much water is needed for optimal yield. For more information on the Western Growers Foundation, visit the website or watch this video.  

About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For generations, we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.