School is back in session and Big Creek Lumber has announced the second year of their redwood garden bed grant program for schools in the communities in which Big Creek does business. Again this year, ten garden bed kits will be awarded and delivered to recipient schools.
Over the years Big Creek Lumber has donated hundreds of garden beds to schools and would like to continue the tradition. Vice President, Ellen Rinde stated, “Not only does gardening teach the kids about how to grow things and where their food comes from, it also encourages eating right and sets a foundation for healthy lifestyles”.
Applications are available on their website; big-creek.com under “community” or can be picked up at any of their five retail yards in Atwater, Half Moon Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Last year ten schools were awarded garden grants including: Almond Acres Charter Academy, Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School, Aromas School, Boulder Creek Elementary, Branciforte Middle School, Farallone View Elementary School, Orchard School, Our Lady of Mercy School, St. Paul Lutheran School, and Templeton Elementary School.
Completed applications must be returned to the yards in person by Monday, October 31st. All eligible schools will be entered in a drawing and two schools will be selected in the vicinity of each yard at random. The kits will be delivered in the early spring to the schools so they can get their gardens planted for spring.