Western Growers Foundation awarded 50 Arizona K-12 schools with $75,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible fruit and vegetable

gardens. Each school will receive $1,500 plus seeds and other materials. The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.

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 program is an important educational tool that promotes healthy choices and good nutrition to our schoolchildren in Arizona and California.

"Something we're seeing more and more is how involved parents are," said Paula Olson, vice president of marketing at Western Growers. "Parents have told me that their children now ask for fruits and vegetables to be served. It's really great when the entire family is influenced by what the children grow at school."

The Edible School Gardens Program is open to all K-12 schools, both public and private, in California and 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 Collective School Garden Network website for the announcement," Olson added.

For a video clip of what students, teachers, and parents are saying about school gardens, visit

For a list of schools who received the grants, see below, or go to Interested parties can donate to the Foundation via

Arizona School Garden Grant Recipients

Rainbow Valley Elementary

Bullhead City
Fox Creek Junior High School

Casa Grande
Cholla Elementary School

Chandler High
Chandler Traditional Academy

Douglas High School

Ponderosa High School
Flagstaff Junior Academy- Middle School
Manuel DeMiguel Elementary School
Sechrist Elementary School

Fort Mohave
Academy of Building Industries High School

Highland High School

Desert Garden Elementary
St. Louis the King Catholic School
William Jack Elementary School

Desert Star School
Wildflower School

Indian Wells Elementary School

Vista del Sur Traditional School

Mammoth Elementary

Johnson Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Sequoia Charter School

Morristown Elementary

Lourdes Catholic School
Nogales High School

Faith North Montessori
Horseshoe Trails Elementary
Champion Schools
Ingleside Middle School
Maryland Elementary School
Sweetwater Community School
Western School of Science and Technology
Whispering Wind Academy
William T. Machan Elementary School

Black Mesa Community School

Mountain Institute JTED

Rio Rico
Rio Rico High

Orange Grove Elementary School

Broadmor Elementary

Borton Primary Magnet School
Hollinger School
Agua Caliente Elementary School
Harold Steele Elementary
Holladay Magnet Elementary
Summit View Elementary
Toltecalli High School

Whiteriver Elementary School

Heritage Elementary School

Fourth Ave Junior High School

Source: Western Growers Association,

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