Pittsburg Unified School District Edible Garden

Program Type: 
Garden Classrooms, Kitchen Classrooms, School Cafeterias, Academic Classrooms
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adults/Professionals
Year Founded: 
About the Program: 

It is the mission of the Pittsburg Unified School District to inspire our students to ensure they achieve equity in academic excellence and to bring students closer together through shared experiences in learning.  We believe the cultural diversity of our community and our youth are our greatest assets.  We endeavor to bring our students to their fullest potential and to create lifelong learners who will contribute positively to the world.

Pittsburg Unified is very proud to take home a state award for our gardening, science and nutricion program.  The Golden Bell Award recognizes the the district's innovative program that incorporates STEAM teaching strategies into the garden program at 13 schools.  Students in the program learn how to garden and transplant, make profiles of soil types in jars and read about the many paths foods take to get from farm to table.

The classes are one of PUSD'S many forays into mixing child nutrition programs into outdoor classrooms.  The district's Edible Garden Resource Center teaches gardening lessons to all elementary school students, hosts garden markets and plant sales for the community and brings the produce to the school salad bar.