Growing Healthy Appetites

Here at Sage Garden Project, we fund and train dedicated garden & cooking instructors to help students at underserved elementary schools experience hands-on, standards-based lessons as they grow, prepare, and share nourishing food.

100+ grow/cook programs supported

14.6 million donated since 2011

13 years serving California

100+ garden & cooking instructors trained

Interested in Applying for an Award?

Learn more about our awards below!

(Our 2024 application season is now open)

Get Involved

We get asked often ‘how can I help Sage Garden Project?’ Here are a few ways that you can volunteer and be a part of what we’re doing!


Have a gift for writing? Assist a school by applying for grants on their behalf.

Building & Repairing

Know how to build and repair stuff? We love someone who’s handy! There’s always a need for this in the garden.

Garden Support

Volunteer to weed at one of our school gardens! There’s always plenty of this task to go around. 

Cooking Support

Help prep or wash dishes after a cooking class at one of our schools. 

Chesterton Elementary Garden workday 

Thanks to the generous support of Sprouts Healthy Communities since 2019, Sage Garden Project has been able to expand and deepen the impact of Edible Education for elementary school students in California. To date they have helped provide fully-stocked, mobile cooking carts to over 30 schools and awarded Sprouts gift cards to supplement fresh food for cooking classes in all Sage funded schools.

The Sage Garden Project Team

Our Sage Garden Project team, along with our 2023-2024 educators at our Summer Teacher Training!

Educator Training Workshop

In our annual, multi-day offering, Sage Garden Project staff and guest speakers share their years of experience and provide training with hands-on workshops. We equip new & returning garden and cooking instructors with the skills, information and resources to run a successful program and always set aside time to enjoy each other’s company.

Training topics have included:

New garden & cooking curriculum and lesson implementation

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma-informed Teaching

Sustainability & Partnerships

Program Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment

Connecting with other Sage schools to share best practices