Annual grant program to increase youth gardening nationwide
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, January 6, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Today’s youth spend less time outdoors than any other generation. To combat this, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, along with national nonprofit KidsGardening, today opened its Gro More Good Grassroots Grants, an annual grant program designed to get more kids outside through the development of youth-based garden and greenspace programs. Schools and nonprofit organizations across the country are encouraged to apply.
Ten Head Start programs across the country will soon be growing something greater next spring thanks to a grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Head Start Association. These ten Head Start programs were awarded monetary funds, product donations and garden kits, along with garden training and curriculum, to build or expand garden programs for their preschool students.
Youth-serving organizations welcomed to apply and bring a renovated ballfield to their community
Scotts and MLB have a long history of giving back to local communities, teaming up to provide youth with modern, playable baseball and softball fields under the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program is part of the company's larger Gro More Good initiative to improve children's health and well-being through increased connection to greenspaces.
Planting a garden and helping it grow ignites kids’ curiosity about fresh food and where it comes from. That’s why Miracle-Gro partnered up with the Camp retail store in Manhattan to take preschoolers from Police Action League Head Start on a one-of-a-kind learning adventure.
The preschoolers and their families toured a local farmer’s market and spent the morning learning how to grow and cook their own healthy food.
By Nick Prusakiewicz, plant manager, ScottsMiracle-Gro
It all started with an idea. High-school principal Brian Eddy and environmental science teacher Jeff Gartell wanted to provide Imlay City Schools students in Michigan with authentic, hands-on experiences with biology. He wanted a place where they could nurture a love for the outdoors in students and teach them about plants. A place for students to get their hands dirty and “live” the science.
So the idea of a school garden was born. And that’s when our team stepped in to help.
By: Bob Stokes, President, Galveston Bay Foundation
This blog is one in a series focused on the impact of coastal restoration in mitigating the effects of pollutant runoff in vulnerable waterways, leading to harmful algal blooms. These environmental organizations, supported by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, are on the front lines of our nation’s water quality issues. This series highlights their important work.
Program aims to connect one million Head Start children to garden education, fresh food each year
Too many children and families living in at-risk communities don’t have access to enough fresh, healthy food. And far too many of them have never had the opportunity to see, taste or eat some of the garden’s best-tasting, good-for-you produce.
Studies show that many children from at-risk backgrounds don’t have access to fresh produce on a daily basis. However, research also shows that children who grow fresh food eat more fresh food and are healthier as a result.
Sarah Pounders, Education Specialist, KidsGardening
Need a little inspiration for working with young children in your garden? Tying gardens to treasured books is an excellent way to engage young children in gardening activities and help fuel their love of reading by connecting books to hands-on activities.