March 14, 2016

Arizona Schools Receive $37,500 in School Garden Grants

Western Growers Foundation has once again proudly partnered with the Arizona Department of Agriculture to award K–12 Arizona schools with $37,500 in edible school garden funding.  We are excited to announce the 25 winning schools that will receive $1,500 each—plus seeds and educational materials—to grow and sustain their edible gardens. The grants will be awarded in time for the 2016 spring planting season.

The recipient schools are made up of 12 repeat grant winners and 13 first time winners.  Western Growers Foundation’s edible school garden program is unique because we offer schools the opportunity to reapply each year for funding.  We recognize that gardens require continuous maintenance and we want to help our schools keep their gardens growing.

Upon notification of winning another grant, Vicky Merritt at Douglas High School said, “We appreciate your grant and what it allows us to do at the Douglas High School Land Lab.  Your grant does a great deal for promoting healthy eating and working with our hands in a great outside environment.  Also, gardening provides students with knowledge of where their food comes from and the work involved in putting that food on their table.”

Douglas High School is located in Douglas, AZ, and this will be its second Western Growers Foundation school garden grant.

The list of winners by county:



•   Buena High School

•   Center for Academic Success

•   Douglas High School



•   Arcadia High School

•   Augustus H. Shaw Jr. Montessori

•   Broadmor Elementary School

•   Chandler High School

•   Gateway Polytechnic Academy

•   Hawthorne Elementary School

•   Horseshoe Trails Elementary School

•   Sequoia Charter School

•   Solano Elementary School



•   Acacia Elementary

•   Borton Magnet School

•   Changemaker High School

•   Hollinger PreK-8th School

•   Kellond Elementary School

•   Palo Verde High Magnet School

•   Summit View Elementary School

•   Van Buskirk Elementary School



•   Cholla Elementary School

•   Magma Ranch K-8


Santa Cruz

•   Rio Rico High School



•   American Heritage Academy



•   James D Price Elementary School


If you are interested in donating to WGF’s future school garden grants or would like more information about the program, please contact Sabrina Blair at [email protected] or 949-885-4789.