Participating schools can register to receive a mini-grant of up to $2,000 to help their gardens grow. The schools can also register their gardens to become eligible for materials and gardening advice from the Department of Parks and Recreation's GreenThumb community garden program.
many of the awarded schools are located in areas highly affected by obesity and diabetes, therefore many of the children at these schools are not provided with proper nutrition at home. these school gardens teach these kids the beauty of eating and growing their own healthy foods.
Each school's garden is different, ranging from small classroom gardens to larger school yard gardens and participation in local community gardens. Fruits, vegetables and herbs from the student-grown gardens have also been incorporated into the schools cafeteria menus, sharing the wealth with the entire student body.