Sprouts gives $500,000 for school gardens

Photo courtesy of Real School Gardens
Photo courtesy of Real School Gardens

Ground breaks on a Real School Garden at a Bishop Arts-area elementary Nov. 3.

Reagan Elementary School will be among the first to receive a garden as part of a $500,000 grant from Sprouts Farmers Market’s nonprofit arm, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. In all 12 low-income schools in North Texas will receive gardens through the grant.

Dallas ISD is taking away a portable classroom to make room for the garden at Reagan. It will have raised vegetable beds, shaded seating areas, whiteboards, weather stations, rain harvesters and other features.

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The garden can be used as an outdoor learning space for lessons in earth science, nutrition and art, among other subjects.

Real School Gardens, based in Fort Worth, has planted 126 learning gardens in Texas and the mid-Atlantic region since 2003. The nonprofit has plans to enter six regions of the United States by 2020.

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