Garden one of 100 nationwide to receive Youth Garden Funding
Jane Forbes, Coordinator of the Westlake Elementary School Life Lab garden program will receive $500 from KidsGardening.org in partnership with Home Depot. In a letter to Forbes, the National Gardening Association praised her program for its “high level of commitment to youth gardening”. The program was commended for curricular connections that exemplifies a well-planned program that is well-maintained and sustainable. The grant will supply the school garden with tools, an archway and other materials.
In keeping with the grant guidelines, Forbes plans to continue a focus on hunger issues. The coordinated curriculum addresses not only hands-on science, but hunger and nutrition as well. Students, led by Forbes, will devote the produce from a spring garden bed to the homeless shelter or food kitchen.