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Grant Seeds a School Garden

Jo Ann Ekblad, marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market Laguna Beach , and garden coordinator Terry Hustwick, right, with TOW garden club students, sampling and planting in the school garden.

Jo Ann Ekblad, marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market Laguna Beach , and garden coordinator Terry Hustwick, right, with TOW garden club students, sampling and planting in the school garden.

 

Top of the World Elementary School  has received a grant to expand their garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening.

The Foundation has extended $4 million in grant funds to over 2,100 schools and garden-related nonprofits throughout the country, which will support a broad range of projects including raised bed garden construction, vertical gardens and larger-scale expansions in schools, outdoor classroom projects, composting and rainwater collection.

Garden spokesperson Terry Hustwick, a former TOW teacher, took over as volunteer coordinator after retiring in 2003. Students garden through their regular classroom studies, and at an after-school, weekly garden club. “The goal of our garden is to give children opportunities to learn about growing fresh food, making healthier food choices and becoming better stewards of their environment,” Hustwick said. This grant will help provide the addition of raised boxes contributing to more successful harvesting.

For more information visit: wholekidsfoundation.org

 

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