Sowing Seeds program awarded $2,000 grant
VAIL — Eagle Valley Elementary School students will get a head start on a healthy spring as the Youth Foundation’s Sowing Seeds program was recently tabbed as the recipient of a $2,000 School Garden Grant from the Whole Kids Foundation.
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides monetary grants to primary or secondary schools, as well as nonprofit groups to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.
‘KEY TO SUCCESS’
“We are very excited to have been selected as a recipient of this School Garden Grant,” said Melisa Rewold-Thuon, vice president of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “School gardens and greenhouses are a key to success for Sowing Seeds, and this grant provides us with a great opportunity to kick start our new garden at Eagle Valley Elementary School.”
Eagle Valley Elementary was one of 650 school gardens from across the U.S. and Canada selected for a School Garden Grant from the 1,400 applications received. The gardens are located in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces.
The Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Whole Foods Market, guided by the same values, principles, expertise and standards for quality ingredients, food production methods and nutrition. The organization’s goal is to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.
Created in 2010, Sowing Seeds provides students and their families with a meaningful and hands-on approach to learning about healthy eating and cooking, paving the way for the entire community to create better eating habits and make healthier choices.
“We believe that given the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious food,” said Sandy Story, director of the Sowing Seeds program. “Sowing Seeds accomplishes this goal by teaching horticulture and botany, along with helping schools build and maintain resource rich gardens.”