School Gardens

On a rainy day in late March, Drew and Chelsea (McClarty) Ketelsen of HMC Farms and WG’s Paula Olson made a whirlwind tour around Oakland, Calif. The McClarty family donated $10,000 to the Western Growers Foundation and, after a rigorous application process, it awarded several Oakland schools $1,000 each to grow and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden.

Paula Olson

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.

Paula Olson

School is a lot more than learning the three R’s these days for pupils at McCabe Union Elementary School in El Centro, Calif. With the recent addition of its school garden (aptly named “Friendship Garden”), school officials and staff are using cutting-edge technology to help the Kindergarten through Third graders learn all about fruits and veggies.

Paula Olson


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