Children today spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world. How can we expect the next generation to care for the environment if they feel disconnected from it and lack understanding about the impact of their actions on our health and food supply, both locally and globally? One solution: Get them in the garden!
Garden programs engage children by providing a dynamic environment where they can observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. Through gardening activities, children develop respect for their environment and establish an important connection with nature.
Edible gardens in particular provide opportunities for youth to learn how to nurture and care for other living things while also learning how to care for themselves. They experience first-hand, the process of growing food and the skills needed to increase their access to fruits and vegetables. Edible gardens also provide opportunities to teach kids how to care for others in their community. What better way to create awareness about hunger than to have them actively involved in growing a garden, or part of a garden, to donate to a local food pantry.
The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the well-being of their community.
Awards will be presented to 50 schools or youth programs. Award packages are valued over at over $500 and include gardening supplies and educational materials. Three exceptional garden programs will receive the grand prize, a $1,500 award package and funding.
Deadline: November 15
For more information on eligibility, or the application process, visit http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2013-subaru-healthy-sprouts
National Gardening Association (NGA)
237 Commerce Street, Suite 101
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: 800-538-7476 (800-LETSGRO)