Delta Health Alliance’s garden projects are bringing in BIG harvests!
Thanks to two new grants, Delta Health Alliance’s school and community garden program is expanding. With $8,000 in funding from Monsanto and $34,961 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more children will get hands-on experiences with gardening and learning about healthy eating.
Funding from Monsanto in Hollandale will be used to install, build, and develop a school garden site located at Sanders Elementary School in Hollandale. Once in place, the garden infrastructure will provide an exciting and interactive outdoor learning space.
The Agriculture Department grant will be used by Delta Health Alliance to provide resources to groups throughout the Delta who want to establish school garden-related activities and other projects that support farm-to-school networks and gardening education efforts.
According to Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “Our community garden program connects 5th grade students with a school garden to improve access to fresh produce and increase nutrition awareness to students in rural areas. This new funding from USDA and Monsanto will allow us to reach more children, their families and community partners to establish sustainable healthy nutrition practices in Hollandale and other parts of the Delta.”
The Delta Health Alliance program is an innovative, collaborative approach that links community and state partners, area farmers, school administrators, food service and cafeteria staff, and teachers with 5th grade students to educate them about garden design and management and healthy diets.
To find out more about Delta Health Alliance’s programs go to www.deltaheatlthalliance.org, or follow Delta Health Alliance on Facebook.