Date: Feb 21, 2013

Irvine, Calif. The Western Growers Foundation seeks child care or preschool settings to host growing school garden program.

Through the generous funding of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Growers Foundation (WGF) and the California Department of Education will award $100,000 to California child care centers or preschools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  One hundred winning applicants will receive $1,000 each.

“Our mission is to provide every school in California with an edible garden so that every child knows where the food comes from and the importance of good nutrition, said Paula Olson with the Foundation.  "If they grow it, they’ll eat it."

The grants are available to those centers that already participate in the CACFP and are in good standing with the California Department of Education, Nutritional Services Division. In addition, the child care agency or individual site within an agency can apply for a grant. If your agency already received a garden grant from WGF, you may still be eligible to apply. Individual center sites within the agency that have not previously received a grant specifically for their site are eligible to apply.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. For more information about applying, visit WGF online here or

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