Hillcrest PDS Elementary school was chosen out of nearly a thousand applications to receive a $2,500 grant from Annie’s through our Grants for Gardens program. Annie’s offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. Since 2008, we’ve directly funded more than 350 gardens, because we believe that gardens help connect kids to real food.
Hillcrest aims to teach our students where food comes from, and how to plant, grow, and harvest nutritional vegetables. We’ll purchase a composting system so that students can compost excess from their lunch. When students get the entire picture of gardening, from creating soil, planting seeds, watching their efforts grow into food they can eat, students get excited and want to continue the process. We believe that when children have a part in the growing process, they will take risks. They may have passed on fresh spinach before, but when they plant it, water it, harvest it, spinach takes on a whole new flavor! We’ll have our 3rd-5th graders create healthy recipes and show our k-2nd graders how to prepare and enjoy those recipes.