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Sierra Foothill Charter School has entered its Learning Garden in the Seeds of Change® Grant Program and is asking the community to vote for its application found directly with this link:

Having started Thursday, March 30, voting continues through Wednesday, April 19.

You can vote once a day, every day, through the Wednesday, April 19 deadline.

“It would be totally wonderful if community members added the webpage to their favorites through the deadline and voted once every single day,” said SFCS Learning Garden Coordinator Lauren Glikin.

Through the donation of a percent of net sales, this year, Seeds of Change® is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country because they understand the value of food, farming, sustainability, and nutrition education.

SFCS 4867(Pictured above): SFCS is applying for a Learning Garden grant through Seeds of Change. Help them win! Vote for SFCS daily at: Here, Aiden Pierson, Conner Eastwood, Autumn Blagg, and classmates check on the growth of plants in one of the raised beds.

At SFCS, every student from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade enjoys a visit to the Learning Garden every week.

“Teachers are continuously raving about how time in the garden not only helps their students learn hands on about growing food and the natural ecosystem surrounding the garden,” said Glikin, “but also provides them a space to grow as individuals.”

Each year, students are asked for suggestions of things to grow or do in the garden. If awarded this grant, SFCS would be able to provide the students with three of their suggested projects.

“First, we will rebuild some of our garden boxes that have slowly deteriorated with age,” said Glikin, “and add seated benches to them. The students would love that.”

Secondly, SFCS would use the grant to purchase new tools and gloves for the students to use.

And finally, SFCS would connect its outdoor kitchen sink's drain to the greenhouse to reuse the water for the plants growing in there.

“Our school relies heavily on community support,” said Principal/Superintendent Mindy Bolar. “This grant would alleviate the financial pressure on the community to help keep our garden growing.”

Earlier this month, the Seeds of Change® Grant Program accepted applications from organizations and schools across the country. SFCS submitted an application highlighting how it would use a Seeds of Change® Grant to grow their gardening program and nourish a healthier, greener community.

From now through April 19, the community is invited vote to support this local garden program by visiting the Seeds of Change® website and voting once per day:

After voting closes on April 19, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase. Around May 8, Seeds of Change® will announce 24 grant recipients: 12 school garden recipients and 12 community garden recipients. Of these grant recipients, (2) two school gardens will receive $25,000, two (2) community gardens will receive $30,000 and ten (10) school gardens and ten (10) community gardens will receive $10,000.

For more information about Seeds of Change® or the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, please visit  Residents can also follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #SeedsofChangeGrant.

Sierra Foothill Charter School is a free, non-profit, TK-8 public school. For more information, contact the office at (209) 742-6222 or visit SFCS’s website: To stay up to date on all the latest happenings, “like” SFCS on Facebook.

About Seeds of Change®
Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture. For 27 years, we have remained true to our original vision by offering a wide selection of organic seeds including heirloom, traditional, and rare seeds. Our seeds are produced through a network of certified organic family farms and professional growers. Through these partnerships, we continually cultivate study and develop seeds with the goal of producing the finest certified organic varieties to share with our fellow gardeners and farmers. In 1997 our business expanded to also include Organic Food inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand.   We now offer a wide variety of Ready to Heat Organic Rice and Grain varieties. For more information about Seeds of Change® visit for our seed products and for our food products. For additional information, please contact us at the information provided above or at Seeds of Change®, P.O. Box 4908, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.