Nominate your elementary school for chance at Learning Garden

Published: Aug. 2, 2017 at 10:28 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 3, 2017 at 8:05 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two Arizona elementary schools will be the lucky recipients of a Learning Garden, thanks to a contest from Dole Packaged Foods, Bashas' and Food City supermarkets.

According to a news release, Arizonans can nominate their favorite elementary school for a chance to receive a learning garden.

"At Dole, we understand the importance of teaching children about the benefits of incorporating fruits and vegetables into their diet, whether they are enjoying fresh produce from a learning garden, or a healthy Dole snack,"  Larry White, Vice President of Sales for Dole Packaged Foods, said in the release. "By partnering with Captain Planet Foundation and Bashas' and Food City grocery stores to grant these learning gardens to Arizona elementary schools, we will be helping students to learn about and develop healthy habits."

The lucky schools will each receive a comprehensive Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden, which comes complete with lesson kits, supplies to establish a schoolyard garden, a fully-equipped garden cooking cart, and strategies for garden maintenance.

From now to Sept. 2, 2017 applications can be filled out online here: or

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The Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins.

"Anything can be taught in the context of the garden, and hands-on learning supports students' understanding of food and healthy eating," said Leesa Carter, Executive Director of Captain Planet Foundation. "Captain Planet Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards, and ensuring they are equipped with an understanding of the natural world in which they live. We are thrilled to be working with Dole, Bashas' and Food City to provide two lucky elementary schools in Arizona with a learning garden."

This fall, the two elementary schools selected to receive learning gardens will be announced.

"Bashas' and Food City have always been committed to supporting educational excellence, which is why we are excited to partner with Dole and the Captain Planet Foundation in a statewide contest that will award two Arizona schools a learning garden," said Ashley Shick, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Bashas' Family of Stores. "The hands-on garden and the curriculum that goes with it have helped students all over the country to have a better understanding about where their food comes from, which is important to our family-owned grocery chain. We're tremendously honored that Dole chose Bashas' and Food City to bring this valuable program to Arizona."

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