Wonderful news from San Francisco, where the state is granting $15 million to its 6,000 schools to support school gardens:
Under the state program, an average school receives $2,500, but that’s only a small portion of the money needed to sustain a school garden. For example, a part-time school garden coordinator would typically earn a salary of about $25,000 a year. PTAs and community organizations typically help fund gardens, and the San Francisco Unified School District raised money for school gardens twice by issuing bonds.
But the state program seems to have pulled a trigger: While only 37 out of 104 schools in the San Francisco district already have a garden, 81 have now applied for funds to create them.
They see it as means of connecting kids with the natural world as well as – through growing fruit and veg – promoting a healthier diet. After all, ‘who would decline a rose geranium raspberry sorbet for dessert?’ (Story via Treehugger.)