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:
The Warren County High School Garden uses sustainable growing techniques to produce vegetables, flowers, and herbs on school grounds. With the produce, we are cooking together to prepare and enjoy the food in healthy ways. To boost its impact, we want to share the bounty and experience of our garden with our community. As one garden club member Jakaila Kearney said, "If we can just show our community what we’re doing here and get them involved, we can encourage growing and buying food locally." Aaron Ashley, while spreading mushroom spores said, "If we grew more food like this ourselves, we would save so much money and wouldn't have to buy all of this expensive food from other places." By integrating community support for the garden with student work and enthusiasm, our school garden can raise awareness of the benefits of growing and cooking delicious food alongside our family and neighbors.
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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.