Date: Sep 03, 2013

Western Growers Foundation presented fifty Arizona K-12 schools with $75,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible gardens.  Each school received $1,500.  The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.  Pending completion of paperwork, the schools will receive their funds by the end of this month. 

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. The school gardens program is an important educational tool that Western Growers Foundation uses to promote good nutrition to our schoolchildren in Arizona and California.

“It’s staggering to think that the majority of children go without eating even one serving of fruits and vegetables a day when they should be having 5-9 servings,” said Paula Olson, vice president of marketing at Western Growers, who oversees the Foundation’s Edible School Gardens project. “Coupled with the fact that 30% of U.S. children are obese and half are overweight, it’s imperative that we do all we can to promote healthy living.”  

The Edible School Gardens Program is open to all K-12 schools, both public and private, in Arizona.  Western Growers Foundation is expecting a new round of grants to be announced by the end of this year.  “If schools are interested in participating, we encourage them to watch the Foundation’s website for the announcement,” Olson added.

For a list of schools who received the grants, see below or click here to go the Foundation’s webpage. To donate, visit


Arizona School Garden Grant Recipients


Apache Junction

  • Four Peaks Elementary


  • Littleton Elementary School


  • Liberty Elementary School


  • Chandler High


  • Coolidge High School


  • Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary


  • Ponderosa High School
  • Marshall Elementary Magnet
  • Thomas Knoles Elementary
  • Killip Elementary School
  • Sturgeon Cromer Elementary
  • Flagstaff High School


  • Challenger Middle School
  • Raymond S. Kellis High School
  • Ironwood High School


  • Cheatham Elementary


  • Johnson Elementary School


  • Morrisotown Elementary


  • Desert Marigold
  • Paradise Valley Christian Prep
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
  • Faith North Montessori
  • VH Lassen Elementary
  • Bethune Elementary
  • Horseshoe Trails Elementary
  • Herrera School For the Fine Arts and Dual Language
  • Hopi Elementary
  • Desert Sands Middle School


  • Pine Straweberry Elementary

Rio Rico

  • Rio Rico High


  • West Sedona Elementary
  • Sedona Red Rock High School


  • Somerton Middle School


  • Broador Elementary


  • PPEP TEC High School
  • Peter Howell Elementary
  • JB Wright
  • Borton Primary Magnet School
  • Andrada Polytechnic High School




  • Twin Peaks Elementary
  • Hollinger School
  • Tucson High Magnet School


  • Old Vail Middle School
  • Senita Valley Elementary


  • Northern Arizona Academy


  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • Gowan Science Academy
  • Yuma Lutheran School
  • Alice Byrne School
  • Kofa High School


Founded in 1926, Western Growers is a trade association of  local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona and California. Our members provide half the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables including a third of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices as the first line of defense against obesity and disease. We grow the best medicine in the world.™

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