Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things our garden plans to do with your donations:
Atlanta Preparatory Academy (APA) is a public charter school and its Parent Teacher Organization has a parent-led Edible Schoolyard Committee, which has been developing a “farm at school” initiative with donated project management assistance from members of the Atlanta Metro Food & Farm Network @ Eco-Action (AM-FFN) non-profit consulting group. Everything started with a Hands on Atlanta volunteer day in the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year at which the principal Dr. Walker arranged for a simple garden to be installed. With financial support from APA’s Board of Trustees, the Edible Schoolyard Committee was able to retain the site planning services of Sustenance Design LLC to imagine the possible layout of additional gardening space beyond the existing plots. Subsequently, the gardening complex was recently expanded to include a classic Edible Schoolyard installed with generous sponsorship from Post HOPE Foundation Inc. Future plans include a Community Urban Farm on the campus that would benefit both the school population as well as surrounding neighborhood residents.
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Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our
socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest
organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return
you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.
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