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Powell kids pulling beets, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s photostream

The deadline for applications for the Learning Garden Program is Friday, May 13th (emailed or post-marked). Nonprofit organizations, Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community, have partnered to build the first five of 50 Learning Gardens in Allegheny County over the next four years. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school. The program was approved by the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) board. Grow Pittsburgh has had school gardening programs for the past 10 years. The Kitchen Community has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally and will use their experience to assist in expanding the current work.

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#8.) Mount Eagle – kids planting pollinators together, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation’s photostream

Via Grow Pittsburgh:

“Through this partnership students will have an opportunity to participate in the type of hands on learning we know students need to stay engaged,” said PPS Superintendent Linda Lane. “We also know that, as we teach children the importance of healthy eating, they are far more likely interested in eating foods they have grown and prepared themselves. We are grateful to both Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community for their efforts to bring the benefits of gardening to our students.”

Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community are actively recruiting new school partners for Spring 2017. Requirements include:

  • Be a school located within Allegheny County
  • Show support for a garden from teachers, administrators and parents
  • Organize a garden leadership team and identify an initial suitable site for a garden
  • Strong preference given to schools with at least 50% of the population eligible for free/reduced price lunches

You can learn more about the program here and here. Applications can be accessed here.

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Alvarado Elementary School: Urban Gardening, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Kevin Krejci’s photostream