Slow Food Columbus

Slow Food Columbus Announces Continuance of School Garden Grant Program

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By Cynthia Walters

October 5, 2015

In keeping the momentum in Central Ohio going strong, Slow Food Columbus, with support from Slow Food USA and Chipotle, presents the National School Garden Program grants for 2015-16. Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program (NSGP) aims to reconnect youth with their food by teaching them how to grow, cook and enjoy real food. Through increased confidence, knowledge gain, and skill building, we want to empower children to become active participants in their food choices. By becoming informed eaters, today’s children will help make a positive impact on the larger world of food and farming well into the future. We grow community around school gardens by providing technical assistance, resources and partnerships to cultivate the next generation of healthy eaters of good, clean and fair food.

Slow Food Columbus will award five central Ohio schools with supplies to build a raised garden bed with a hoop house attachment to allow plants to grow during the late winter/early spring months. Slow Food Columbus will sponsor a hoop house construction workshop for grant recipients where teachers will also learn about fundraising ideas to sustain a gardening program, assessment, and how to implement an edible education.

Additionally, Slow Food Columbus is pleased to announce, along with our partners, Franklin Park Conservatory and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation, a pilot program, to support three Columbus City Schools’ gardening initiatives. Franklin Soil and Water Conservation will visit each of the schools to explore soils best for growing plants. The Gardening Lab curriculum, developed by Franklin Park Conservatory, will be implemented through site visits to instruct teachers and students how to start seeds inside and grow food under a hoop house.

If your school is interested in growing food under a hoop house during the school year, please contact the National School Garden Program local chairperson for Slow Food Columbus for an APPLICATION at:

Grant submissions deadline: November 30, 2015.

About Slow Food Columbus

Slow Food Columbus is the Columbus, Ohio convivium of Slow Food USA, which itself is the American branch of Slow Food International. Slow Food Columbus seeks to create dramatic and lasting change toward a more sustainable food system by establishing and strengthening the foundations of pleasurable eating. Those foundations include developing an appreciation for food quality to balance our appreciation for price, defending biodiversity in our food supply, and enhancing our ability to savor one another’s company as we savor our food. We seek to strengthen these values in ourselves and in generations to come, as well as to represent them well to the political and market forces that govern the food system.


Cynthia Walters
Slow Food in Schools Chair, Slow Food Columbus

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