Becker Elementary is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
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:
Becker's Green Classroom is an 10,000 square foot organic garden providing outdoor education and nutrition classes for 315 Becker Elementary students and for 2,000 Fifth Graders from low income schools in Austin. Kids learn about growning food, nutrition, the seasons, composting, and more. We would like to add a child size kitchen in the Green Classroom's indoor classroom to expand our nutrition classes and to teach the kids how to cook what they grow in the garden.
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Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Oursocks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiestorganic 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.