A letter from our Founder

Hi, my name is Annie and I am the founder of the Sage Garden Project. We help to create a school experience with three layers of impact, or what we like to call the triple harvest: Our project offers students the opportunity for deep experiential learning, creates dedicated leaders in edible education, and nourishes school communities. Through growing, cooking, and eating together, all of us are “fed” in many ways. Unfortunately, the value of these activities was not always so clear to me.

As a child I was never comfortable in my body, or in school. I didn’t learn like others, and as a result I did not learn well. I was always hungry, both mentally for a way to learn and physically for nourishment for my body. As an adult, after being diagnosed as dyslexic and struggling with disordered eating, I understood there were meaningful reasons I hadn’t fit in the system as others did. That’s why this project is so personal–I wanted to give kids the nourishing experience I did not have in school.

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A letter from our Founder

Hi, my name is Annie and I am the founder of the Sage Garden Project. We help to create a school experience with three layers of impact, or what we like to call the triple harvest: Our project offers students the opportunity for deep experiential learning, creates dedicated leaders in edible education, and nourishes school communities. Through growing, cooking, and eating together, all of us are “fed” in many ways. Unfortunately, the value of these activities was not always so clear to me.

As a child I was never comfortable in my body, or in school. I didn’t learn like others, and as a result I did not learn well. I was always hungry, both mentally for a way to learn and physically for nourishment for my body. As an adult, after being diagnosed as dyslexic and struggling with disordered eating, I understood there were meaningful reasons I hadn’t fit in the system as others did. That’s why this project is so personal–I wanted to give kids the nourishing experience I did not have in school.

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funding

One of the most important skills to develop in our youth is cooking, as it improves self-sufficiency and food equality. In addition, we know the single most predictive indicator for success of a school garden is the presence of a paid garden educator. Sage Garden Project identified these needs, and made it our mission to create paid positions for garden and cooking educators – by supplying the funds, training, and support.

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funding

One of the most important skills to develop in our youth is cooking, as it improves self-sufficiency and food equality. In addition, we know the single most predictive indicator for success of a school garden is the presence of a paid garden educator. Sage Garden Project identified these needs, and made it our mission to create paid positions for garden and cooking educators – by supplying the funds, training, and support.

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Locations

Since 2011, Sage Garden Project has grown to provide support to over 60 public elementary schools throughout California. We seek out underserved communities with populations which are predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Locations

Since 2011, Sage Garden Project has grown to provide support to over 60 public elementary schools throughout California. We seek out underserved communities with populations which are predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Training

Tuesday,  June 30 – Thursday,  July 2
Encinitas, California

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philosophy

We think every child should have the opportunity to plant a seed, watch it grow, and get a taste of fresh food. We think that developing cooking skills is one of the keys to food equity. We think that the lessons learned through growing and cooking are unlimited, and involve not only reading, science and math, but also health, ecology, art, history, geography, culture, and a sense of one’s place in the world.

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philosophy

Sage Garden Project supports schools in hiring their own educators, by providing funding, curriculum, equipment, and perhaps most importantly, essential training in the form of a 3-day workshop during the summer.

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training

Tuesday, June 30th – Thursday,
July 2nd

Encinitas, CA

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impact

The Sage Garden Project provides support to the school garden and nutrition programs at over 60 elementary schools across California. This means over 30,000 students are enjoying hands-on, experiential gardening and cooking lessons each year!

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impact

The Sage Garden Project provides support to the school garden and nutrition programs at over 60 elementary schools across California. This means over 30,000 students are enjoying hands-on, experiential gardening and cooking lessons each year! 

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Team

Dawn Mayeda

Executive Director

Manifesting the Foundation’s goals since its inception, Dawn brings a family history of picky eaters, obesity, diabetes type 2, and social service to this work. Trained in Fine Art, with decades working in advertising and marketing, her notoriety as an audacious home cook, plus her side-hustle as a special-interest magazine contributor all prepared her for developing this creative, engaging program.

Karen Saake

Garden Program Director

An intrepid traveler, visiting all our partner schools to collaborate on their gardens, Karen brings her helpful attitude, impressive knowledge (backed up by Master Gardener forums), and unabashed enthusiasm for all things growing (and rotting!) to the program. Former career in IT notwithstanding, Karen’s years of feeding a family of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans at the same table offer a uniquely flexitarian experience to share.

Grace McGuirk MPH, RD

Program Coordinator

Fortuitously finding our program during research on her thesis about school garden sustainability for her Master of Public Health degree, Grace is perfectly suited to guide our program in the next steps toward gathering data and collaborating with others in our field. As a Registered Dietitian, she keeps our program on-point, and her background teaching food preparation in health food grocery stores made her instantly deployable.

Team

Dawn Mayeda

Executive Director

Manifesting the Foundation’s goals since its inception, Dawn brings a family history of picky eaters, obesity, diabetes type 2, and social service to this work. Trained in Fine Art, with decades working in advertising and marketing, her notoriety as an audacious home cook, plus her side-hustle as a special-interest magazine contributor all prepared her for developing this creative, engaging program.

Karen Saake

Garden Program Director

An intrepid traveler, visiting all our partner schools to collaborate on their gardens, Karen brings her helpful attitude, impressive knowledge (backed up by Master Gardener forums), and unabashed enthusiasm for all things growing (and rotting!) to the program. Former career in IT notwithstanding, Karen’s years of feeding a family of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans at the same table offer a uniquely flexitarian experience to share.

Grace McGuirk MPH, RD

Program Coordinator

Fortuitously finding our program during research on her thesis about school garden sustainability for her Master of Public Health degree, Grace is perfectly suited to guide our program in the next steps toward

gathering data and collaborating with others in our field. As a Registered Dietitian, she keeps our program on-point, and her background teaching food preparation in health food grocery stores made her instantly deployable.

Contact

Please check our map of locations to find one of our schools near you.

Sage Garden Project
270-F N. El Camino Real #313
Encinitas CA 92024

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Contact

Please check our map of locations to find one of our schools near you.

Sage Garden Project
270-F N. El Camino Real #313
Encinitas CA 92024

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