Columbian School 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:
We will be buying seeds, starts and putting in more raised beds at Columbian Elementary School. The money will also help us have a free after school and summer program for the students at Columbian. This is vital for the families as Columbian has a free and reduce lunch rate of 94% and many students do not take part in summer programs due to financial restrictions. The children who participate in the program will take care of every part of the garden including harvesting the produce for their pay what you can farmstand and to give to the school cafeteria to be used in the salad bar. Please go to www.ucfarms.org for more information about Columbian and UrbiCulture Community Farms.
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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.