If you think our schools need to be growing some gardeners, come out and support the Downtown Business Association on June 9th to raise money for the school garden program, a part of “Growing Great.” Shopping ( and dining) in Culver City on June 9 will help to keep these programs thriving and expanding. Participating retailers include Akasha, Daphne’s, Ford’s Filing Station, Fahringer Optometry, Gyenari, Honey Kettle, Kay’N Daves, La Rocco’s Pizza, Lunch, Lundeen’s, Meet, Novociento, Rush Street, Saint Amour, Sporteve, and Ugo’s. All these merchants will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales generated on June 9th to help fund the “GrowingGreat” Garden / Nutrition Program for the Culver City Elementary School District.
The health of our youth is of utmost importance. The goal is to help fund educating our children and their families on making healthy nutritional life choices.
Founded by Marika Bergsund in 1999,”Growing Great” started as a single demonstration garden in one elementary school in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD). The goal of the program then, as it is today, was to inspire the next generation to make healthier decisions regarding food and nutrition and to create lasting change within our communities and environment.
These leaders then developed a comprehensive, standards-based classroom nutrition program for grades three through five, which they launched in all five MBUSD elementary schools in 2004. “Growing Great” received 501(c)3 status in 2006 and operated entirely via volunteer support until 2007, when we hired our first full-time Executive Director.
For the first time in our nation’s history, the next generation may have a shorter life span than their parents due to poor nutrition. With a rising obesity epidemic and skyrocketing health care costs, the need to educate children and their families about nutrition and high quality foods is more important than ever.
The “Growing Great” philosophy espouses a multitude of healthy, sustainable, and easy-to-implement directives:
- Eat a wide variety of colorful, whole foods that are close to their original source.
- Choose higher quality, beneficial foods more often.
- Select local, seasonal, organic, and/or sustainably farmed foods when possible.
- Appreciate the impact of food on our overall well-being so that we can think, feel, and perform at our best all day long.