Author of parenting books blogs about raising children and health issues.
School garden grants: Does your school qualify?
U.S. Department of Agriculture announces $1 million in grants for eligible schools to start school gardens.
Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Last week, I wrote about the edible school yards
that are popping up all over the country, giving kids access to fresh fruits and vegetables, supplementing classroom lessons on everything from science to reading, and giving kids a reason to get outdoors and stretch their legs while they're stretching their minds at school. It's something that I'm working on starting in my own community, and now a new federal grant may just give my efforts the boost they need to make this plan a reality.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that it will award $1 million in grants for eligible schools to start community gardens. The goal of these grants is to teach students about nature and nutrition while providing fresh food for school meals and helping to supplement local food banks and senior centers.
It's all part of Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat childhood obesity.According to the National Gardening Association, 15 to 20 percent of schools across the U.S. already have gardens and the hope is to boost that number even more.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.