School & Community Gardens
A high tunnel where elementary school students are growing fresh fruits and vegetables.
In an effort to promote healthy eating habits and home gardening, Family Nutrition Program helps schools, preschools, libraries, day report centers, drug rehabilitation centers and other community spaces establish gardens to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables.
FNP staff provide groups with materials to build raised beds (these are often donated from community partners). Then, staff help participants start seeds, plant crops, weed and harvest their fruits and vegetables. The resulting produce is served in school cafeterias, taken home by participants or donated to food pantries.
By the numbers
19,000 people reached
School and community gardens reached 19,000 people
There were 39 school and community gardens throughout West Virginia in fiscal year 2019.