As outdoor classrooms become more popular learning environments, teachers and school personnel are learning about growing the school garden with grants.
Non-profit Live54218 teaches about garden fresh vegetables, and their importance in diet. They encourage healthier lifestyles throughout Brown County, Wisconsin. Every summer, organizers focus on encouraging schools, businesses, and individuals to build their own vegetable patch.
Recently, the group announced that it is in its third year of a collaboration with KI Furniture to help 12 Green Bay area schools obtain small grants to establish gardens. A small on site garden was also established for KI employees. The school garden grants can be used for start ups, or for upgrading existing gardens.
“Gardening for health is an old idea that is rapidly gaining wide recognition,” said the group’s garden specialist Kristin Denslow. “Research shows that well-nourished, physically active students perform better academically and school gardens are a great way to achieve both.”