ENCINITAS — Paul Ecke Central Elementary School was one of 16 organizations nationwide to receive a $10,000 Share the Good grant for its seed-to-plate connection, “School as a Garden,” taught by Hank Stelzl.The funds will be used to launch a student- and parent-run farm stand at the school’s farmers market and expand the existing garden’s capabilities to provide the school fresh produce.
“It was inspiring, yet again, to see the incredible work being done to promote the seed-to-plate story and we applaud all of our applicants on what they’re working to achieve,” said Tim Snyder for Seeds of Change. “These types of organizations are sometimes our children’s first introduction to nutrition, which is why we want to support as many of them as we can through Share the Good.”
Share the Good is funded by the Seeds of Change “1% Fund,” the company’s commitment to donate one percent of net sales to community-based nutrition, gardening and farming programs. The 16 organizations were selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants that applied through the company’s Facebook page. The grant program, which is in its second year, has distributed nearly $300,000 to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities nationwide.
For more information about Seeds of Change, visit seedsofchange.com.