Great news, the US Department of Agriculture has announced they will award $1 million in grants for eligible high-poverty schools to help start community gardens, says USA Today.
The goal is to teach students about gardening and nutrition, and provide fresh produce for school meals. Some of the produce grown may also be given to the students’ families and local food banks.
The National Gardening Association estimates about 15-20% of schools have gardens. That’s 15-20% more students, parents, and faculty becoming more aware and more involved in their own nutrition.
I remember when I was in elementary school, for our science class we did an experiment where we put seeds in damp paper towels in Ziploc bags and we watched how the seedlings grew. I thought it was like magic how plants can develop from tiny things put in dirt and now students are growing gardens to be used by their schools. I can only imagine how excited they will be when their produce is ready to be picked and eaten.