About Western Growers Foundation
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.
“If they grow it, they’ll eat it,” says kindergarten teacher Dianne Swanson. Teachers know it, studies show it: children involved in fruit and vegetable gardens are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Why School Gardens?
- Less than 2% of US children eat the recommended 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. (Trust for America's Health)
- This is the first generation of Americans at risk of having a lower life expectancy than their parents. (American Heart Association)
- By 2030, 44% of Americans will be obese. (Trust for America's Health)
- Edible school gardens give children (and adults) the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition. https://youtu.be/8o0ks61C3wk
- funded more than 1,000 schools gardens throughout AZ and CA
- approximately 90% of those gardens are still active
- 507,650 students (and counting!) are exposed to fresh fruits and vegetables through these gardens
- provided 350 drip irrigation kits to schools thanks to Toro Micro-Irrigation