HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
This grant would help our school community transform an unused, water-thirsty lawn area into a space for enriched learning! We plan to build a vegetable garden with raised planters, a compost area, rainwater collection barrels, and tables with seating to be used as an outdoor classroom in front of the cafeteria. We have an existing vegetable gardening program with a few small beds elsewhere on campus. We’ll enlist our summer students to maintain the garden during summer vacation and harvest a weekly CSA box to be offered to community members or the food bank. This space will nurture a deep connection between our community and our food source, inspire students to make healthy choices at mealtime, and provide a setting to teach about the need for sustainable agricultural practices. Our plans have been approved, we have full support from the principals and teachers, project leaders and enthusiastic parent and student volunteers. All we need to make our project a success is the funding!