Once upon a time there lived a Chief Grower...
- The obesity epidemic hit mainstream America
- I started to cook, often
When kids grow vegetables they eat vegetables - it's that simple.
Our goal is a garden program in every school in America.
What we need and what you get
- A curriculum of 9-lesson plans that correlate with the garden
- An entrepreneurial project the students plan and implement
- A relationship with the local community
- A long term sustainability plan
The lesson plans
- Science in terms of plant biology, soil, composting, and more
- History related to ancient farming and agriculture
- Social Studies in regards to food origin and culture
- Nutrition and healthy eating
- Math, creative thinking, and communication skills as the students develop and implement an entrepreneurial idea through the real world perspective of a business
- For example some of our 2nd graders raised $100 in a 20-minute recess selling fruit salad cups, that they prepped, promoted, priced, and sold!
School gardens aren't new, but our concept is
- A schoolyard resource
- A creative, business-minded Enterprise Project, planned and implemented in the community by the students
- A new generation of conscious eaters
Other ways you can help
Q. Where are your current Healthy Growing school garden programs located?
A. We have Healthy Growing school garden programs across the Bay area -- in San Francisco, San Mateo, Foster City, San Jose, Union City, and Sunnyvale.
First, many school garden programs invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into just a few schools and while that’s fantastic for those select schools, the strategy neglects thousands of other schools and even more children. The cost to plan and implement a school garden is fairly low, so the efficiency of the Healthy Growing model is designed to help as many schools as possible, partnering with businesses in every local community.
Second, many school garden programs only help public schools. There is a myth in our society that children in private schools come from wealthy families, and more importantly, that children from wealthy families are already conscious eaters. However, depending upon the quality of public schools in certain areas, many private school children come from working-class families, and need just as much education about the food system as their public school counterparts. Obesity and food issues have no class boundaries -- millions of kids in private schools suffer from nutrition issues, but they often fall through the gaps, compared to those in public schools that often receive government grants.
Our funding comes from linking local businesses to schools, which enables Healthy Planet US to work with ANY SCHOOL IN NEED.
Third, Healthy Growing is a FULL school garden program. We help develop and build the garden, provide lesson plans, train teachers, provide funding and provide a long-term plan that ingrains the garden into the school culture for years to come.
- To create a healthy planet by inspiring individuals, families, communities, and businesses to think about their food choices
- To inspire a new generation of conscious eaters
- To develop a school garden program in every school in America
Q. What happens if you don't reach your crowd-funding goal?
A. While we would be very dissapointed, we're still able to keep anything that you contribute, even if we don't reach our goal. And any amout goes towards our matched-funding, so go click that 'Contribute Now" button! Thanks so much!