Support funding for school gardens!
Alaska House Bill 93, “An act relating to school gardens, greenhouses, and farms,” provides for funding of school growing programs through matching funds and a small percentage of annual operating support for school districts.
It would enable community nonprofits to work with school systems to help ensure the long-term prospects for teaching, nutrition, and health programs that use school gardens, farms, or greenhouses. The food should be used in the district meal programs.
More information is available from Calypso Farm & Ecology Center, which operates a school garden program in the Fairbanks area, and Representative David Guttenberg’s office. Guttenberg explained his rationale for the bill in his legislative report for January 22, 2011. read more…