“What are you people doing with my money anyway?”

As of October 2013,

  • LCSG has helped create and sustain twelve school gardens (totaling over 100,000 square feet) in Cowlitz County, as well as smaller projects at 4 other schools.
  • 2920 students engaged in past 12 months
  • 280 volunteers engaged in past 12 months.
  • 9,540 volunteer hours in past 12 months.

October 2013 Harvest Festivals:

  • 5 schools
  • 1530 students
  • 1,600 pounds of apples pressed for cider
  • 1,100 ears of Willow Grove corn shucked and roasted
  • 300 pounds roasted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, beets)

LCSG also facilitated gardening & cooking activities for kids in six Youth & Family Link programs and 9 Longview Parks and Recreation camps in 2013.

  • Staff:  one full time program director; one full time Cowlitz AmeriCorps member.
  • 2012 budget: $85,000.  All revenue comes from private donations from community members and local businesses as well as grants from foundations and corporations – no school district or government funding.
  • In-kind donations for school gardens – seeds, tools, equipment, building materials, excavation and construction services, administrative & technology support – total over $150,000 since 2010.

 Thank you – it’s working!

“Feeding Washington Tour” features School Gardens

A revealing video featuring some terrific agencies (school gardens start at minute 6). This was part of a “Feeding Washington Tour” by 19th District Representatives Brian Blake and Dean Takko on August 15th.

As always, the real credit goes to the hundreds upon hundreds of students, families, teachers, businesses, service organizations and charity groups that have created all this with their hard work and generous donations.