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. Schools apply for our awards, and have the opportunity to re-apply for three consecutive years. After the initial three years, they can apply for two additional years of sustaining funds.

Where does the money come from? The ACAD Foundation for World Health provides the financial backing for the Sage Garden Project, $10.4 million to date. Our first partner to help sustain graduated programs from our three years of funding is The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. We are actively seeking additional sustainability partners for these schools as we continue to scale our program.

We are developing leaders in edible education, and also fund and collaborate with other groups that are creating future leaders in our field.

Groups we have funded, and why:

SLOW FOOD USA • for their National School Gardens Program and Youth Farm Stands • CHEF ANN FOUNDATION • for their Project Produce and work in changing school lunch • MASTER GARDENERS OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY • for support of local school gardens • EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD PROJECT • to continue their 20+ years of charting the course in edible education • FOOD LITERACY CENTER • for bringing the joy of fruits and vegetables to Sacramento • EXPLORE ECOLOGY • for bringing school gardens to the school districts surrounding Santa Barbara • ONE COOL EARTH • for providing school gardens to the greater San Luis Obispo region • OLIVEWOOD GARDENS • to continue their food and garden field trips in National City • THE HUMAN NATURE CENTER • to further their ecological lessons at work in Ventura • COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER • for their food bank in Encinitas • ST ANDREWS EPISCOPAL CHURCH • for their food bank and feeding program in Encinitas • FOOD CORPS • for training and providing service members nationwide • KISS THE GROUND • for their educational programs for students and teachers regarding regenerative agriculture practices and climate changeSECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK • FITNESS 4 LIFE • for their after-school fitness and nutrition education program and their work distributing food bank produce to their community • UNITED INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES • for their Potawot Community Garden • ECOLIFE CONSERVATION • for providing cookstoves in Africa and Central America • OCEAN KNOLL CHILDREN’S FARM to provide staff at this one-acre elementary school farm • LIFE LAB • to continue their 40+ years of leadership in school garden programs • THE ECOLOGY CENTER • for their work providing garden and cooking classes for youth • THE JAMIE OLIVER FOOD FOUNDATION • for cooking tools to schools in Edinburgh, Scotland THE MONARCH SCHOOL • for cooking and garden education for students affected by homelessness


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sponsoring staff, services,
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