Walmart Foundation Grant Funds First School Garden Workshop!

WALMART FOUNDATION AWARDS APPLE SEEDS WITH TEACHING GRANT, STRENGTHENING REGIONAL REACH FOR SCHOOL GARDEN TRAINING, RESULTING IN 5 MINI GRANTS FOR AREA SCHOOLS

MAY 15, 2014

Walmart Foundation provided Apple Seeds with the funds necessary to launch its first school garden training workshop on April 26, geared toward educators and school volunteers across the region who are ready to build and sustain their own school gardens. As a result, Apple Seeds awarded mini-grants to five of the attending schools: Brightfield, Old High and Thomas Jefferson from Bentonville, Bayyari from Springdale and Prism from Fayetteville.

“This grant was an incredible boost for Apple Seeds, enabling us to extend school garden programming across the region for the first time through our teacher training workshop,” said Mary Thompson,  Co-Executive Director, Apple Seeds. “We are so grateful to the Walmart Foundation for helping us support our local teachers. It’s through their dedication and passion for healthy eating and garden-based education that we will begin to see a huge impact in our region. Our role is the empower them to kickstart and sustain their gardens while also being a continued resource.”

The school garden training workshop took place on April 26, 2014 at Root Elementary, home to a thriving school garden lead and maintained by Apple Seeds Gardening Clubs. Schools from Bentonville, Fayetteville and Springdale attended, each school represented by at least one teacher and garden volunteer. Attendees of the full-day workshop learned everything—from building a garden bed, to running a garden club, to integrating the garden into the classroom curriculum. Attendees went home with a training manual full of resources and lesson plans.

Kim Bolinger, Bayyari Elementary in Springdale reported her appreciation for a successful workshop. “I learned tons of things to bring back to Bayyari. Everyone was so welcoming, friendly, and had such wonderful things to share. The workbook was awesome. Gardeners are some of the most awesome people I know.”

ABOUT APPLE SEEDS

For nearly 10 years APPLE SEEDS has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food, and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including gardening clubs, healthy cooking classes, field trips to farms and farmers markets, and school garden farmers markets. Thanks in large part to our Farm to School partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools Apple Seeds will have reached nearly 6,000 students by the end of 2014. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion of cash and in-kind contributions to help people in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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