Nurturing Health

The Sage Garden Project recently announced its partnership with the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation for its School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) funding consortium. Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will provide underwriting support for parts of the Grow Package awarded by Sage Garden Project to select California elementary schools. The two organizations will also equally co-fund sustainability measures for select schools that have successfully completed three years in the program.

x_sagegarden2The Grow Package will deliver $800,000 to California public school garden programs through their PTAs and educational foundations. Awardees receive: cash award for staffing support; three days of teacher training; unique curriculum for grades K-6 combining garden and nutritional science; fully equipped cooking cart for garden or classroom; $1,000 gift card to Sprouts Farmers Market; $300 toward school garden supplies; and the opportunity to re-apply for three subsequent years of support.

“We’re working to shift the landscape of health by focusing on programs that empower children with the access, knowledge, confidence, and desire to make healthier food choices so that they can grow up to become healthier adults,” said Lyndsey Waugh, Executive Director of the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. “The mission of Sage Garden Project aligned with ours, and we were enthusiastic about becoming a partner in creating more effective school garden programs, and providing assistance toward their sustainability.”

The Sage Garden Project is a program that brings gardens, cooking classes, nutritional science, and opportunities for physical activity to targeted elementary schools with students at risk for developing diabetes. Operating a pilot program at Ocean Knoll Elementary School in Encinitas since 2011 and supporting over 30 school garden programs to date has laid the groundwork for the current expansion into additional California schools. For more information visit www.sagegardenproject.org.