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In a recent press release shared with Ark Valley Voice, the Salida Montessori Charter School (SMCS) announced that it has received the Annie’s Homegrown ‘Grants for Gardens’ award of $3,000 to use for the school’s garden.

“We believe that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown can change their lives,” reads the grant announcement from Annie’s Homegrown. “When you eat Annie’s, you support food education and make healthy gardens accessible to hundreds of students across the country. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet.”

SMCS Garden Coordinator and Children’s House Teacher Karen Fortier said, “Last year, through funding from Salida Soup, bake sales and parent volunteer hours, we were able to build the basic infrastructure of our school garden. This generous grant from Annie’s will help our garden continue to grow, and our students will receive the benefits of hands-on lessons, activities and delicious, healthy food. We are so grateful we were chosen as an Annie’s Grants for Gardens recipient.”

Gardening is integrated into the Salida Montessori Charter School’s program. Instructors say that this allows the students to enjoy the food they harvest from the garden in their classrooms.