Lower Elementary

Vincent Academy Gardening and Nutrition Program

The purpose of the Vincent Academy Garden and Nutrition program is to introduce students to the joys of gardening and to develop healthy eating habits and awareness at an early age. West Oakland is considered a food desert and most families do not have access to affordable, healthy produce within the community. Therefore, many nutrition-related health problems plague community members of all ages. Obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes are common conditions for poor families living in this community.

Skyline Elementary School

Skyline Elementary School has established an exciting, participatory garden and nutrition program.  This program has been in

Farm To Child: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has three programs that help with school garden programs were we: install school and organization community gardens, host a train the trainer program to create leaders and change makers in low-income schools and communities to address hunger, health and community development. We envision communities and schools in Southern Arizona as places full of life, where gardens grow an abundance of food and leadership. Where students learn by getting their hands dirty to create clean healthy communities.

Catherine Cook School

Catherine Cook provides nutrition education in the classroom to student in our lower school - grades 1-4.  Topics in class range from MyPlate to allergy awareness to learning how to describe how foods taste to cooking and baking in the classroom or in the kitchen.  The program is in it's first scholastic year and we look forward to expanding our curriculum with each passing year to provide a cohesive program that grows with the student as they move through lower school and on into middle school.

Brookwood Forest Outdoor Classroom

Our vision of the garden has always been to keep it student-centered where we provide effective, challenging and engaging learning opportunities for every one of our students. As a result, everything we do in the garden or plan to do should involve students and/or be aligned with our purpose of increasing student learning and engagement. While teachers bring their classes to the garden and guide instruction, the students are the ones who are in charge of planning, planting, harvesting and basic upkeep. Students are also responsible for sharing information to the school. 

Kainalu Elementary School

Beginning in 2010, Kainalu Elementary School has been a ʻĀINA partner school with the ʻĀINA In Schools Program through the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation.

The Western Growers Foundation Edible School Garden

The Foundation’s mission is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden in every willing Arizona and California school. Edible school gardens give children the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition. Our mission was cultivated on the basis that “if they grow it, they’ll eat it.” Children involved in fruit and vegetable gardens are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Foundation gives back to the community by funding school gardens to address the following issues/needs: 1.

Pikyav Field Institute, Karuk Tribe

The Karuk Tribe’s newly launched Píkyav Field Institute provides Environmental Workforce Development, K-12 and Higher Education, Food Security and Digital Library Services in the Mid Klamath Region.  Established under the Eco-Cultural Revitalization Branch of the Karuk Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources, the institute is named after the Karuk word píkyav, which means “fix it,” referring to the Tribe’s continuing efforts to restore the earth and its creatures to harmonious balance.

The Yisrael Family Urban Farm

The Yisrael Family Urban Farm serves the “at-promise” area of South Oak Park which is home to 90,000 people, designated as a primary funding area according to the California Endowment, Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a low-moderate income area according to HUD, and Promise Zone Designation according to HUD. In this area, 17% are food insecure, 46% have been utilizing food assistance programs for over 1 year, there is a 34% Poverty Rate and an 18% Unemployment Rate (California unemploment rate 6.3%).

Sierra House Garden Program

The population of South Lake Tahoe consists of mainly low income families with 50 % white and 50% hispanic. At Sierra House over 60% of our students receive free or reduced lunches. In 2012 the Barton Community Health Needs Assessment for South Lake Tahoe showed that more than 1 in 3 children, ages 5-17 was overweight or obese. In response to this issue various groups within South Lake Tahoe began to work together on new ways to positively impact the health of our community.


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