May 6, 2014 > A school garden for Earth Month
A school garden for Earth Month
Submitted By Lisa Marie Wilson
Whole Kids Foundation and Glenmoor Elementary School celebrated Earth Month as students, teachers, parents and volunteers inspired a connection with food through gardening and discovered the magic that grows from planting seeds.
The school was recently awarded a garden grant from Whole Kids Foundation, and has been growing their garden year-round. This is Whole FoodÕs second time returning to assist with planting and they are expanding the number of students participating.
On April 28, nearly 480 students, teachers and volunteers from Whole Foods Market planted the schoolÕs organic spring garden, learned the basics of gardening with Sunol-based Jellicles Farms and enjoyed organic salad in the garden.
Dedicated to improving childhood nutrition with programs including school salad bars, gardens and nutrition education for teachers, Whole Kids Foundation works to inspire schools and families to provide more healthy food choices for children and help connect them with where food comes from.
Glenmoor Elementary is one of 75 schools across the country that has invited students, parents, educators, and volunteers to attend garden parties during spring thanks in large part to generous corporate donations and in-kind support from the FoundationÕs supplier partners. These include: Applegate, Cascadian Farm, Mrs. MeyerÕs Clean Day, Organic Valley, Roots Food, Suja and RudiÕs Organic Bakery.
To learn about additional Whole Kids Foundation programs and how you can apply for a school garden grant, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.