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Big Green and Michigan schools are growing together!

In 2021, a partnership between Big Green and the Wayne-Westland District blossomed. Starting small, 200 Big Green grow bags were distributed to students and families, sparking community interest in growing food. Just like the seeds planted in the soil, the partnership grew to bring the opportunity of growing food to more students. By the end of the year Big Green's Jumpstart program was deployed bringing Big Green Learning Gardens and Jumpstart grants to schools across the district. We now have an opportunity to invest further to support schools in metro-Detroit who are looking to expand their school garden programs.

Big Green’s school gardens promote food, nature, and health education, but also provide fresh food for the schools’ families, staff and the larger community. We have numerous Learning Gardens throughout our district that impact thousands of students annually. The fabric of our community continues to be actively woven together with the grandparents, parents, senior citizens, and residents who support and volunteer in the gardens. Together we are building a strong and vibrant community where students make a difference locally and globally!
— Dr. John Dignan, Superintendent, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Michigan

Congratulations to the following schools who have received Jumpstart Learning Garden Beds and a $2,000 Jumpstart Grant in past grant rounds serving Metro-Detroit.

  • Schweitzer Elementary
  • Hicks Elementary
  • Wildwood Elementary
  • Hamilton Elementary
  • P.D. Graham Elementary
  • Walker-Winter Elementary
  • Adams Middle School
  • Stevenson Middle School
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Wayne Memorial High School
  • WayneWestland Community Schools STEM Center at John Glenn High School
  • William D. Ford Career Technical Center