Grow Healthy, Lansing! Nutrition Education in the Edible Schoolyard

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2018: $2,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2020
Grant Recipient: NorthWest Initiative
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Manager:
Stephanie Onderchanin
NorthWest Initiative


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: no-till, pollination, pollinator habitat
  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring, networking, youth education
  • Production Systems: holistic management, permaculture
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms, organic matter, soil microbiology, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, community services, leadership development, local and regional food systems, quality of life, social capital, social networks, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    We plan and maintain gardens at four elementary schools in Lansing, MI. We use those gardens as settings for our year-round garden-based nutrition education programs. The children we work with are participatory in every stage of our garden season, from beginning to end and become intimately familiar with the practices necessary to grow food. The nutrition component of our work has given us a natural context to highlight the work of local farmers - we’re able to introduce our students to the people whose garlic we buy for fall planting and whose hoophouse greens are used in our winter lessons.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Objective 1: We will grow, harvest and distribute 200 pounds of food to the students and families who participate
    in our program.
    Objective 2: We will support the development and implementation of a student-led garden project at Sheridan
    Road STEM school that uses sustainable agriculture practices.
    Objective 3: We will grow our students' knowledge and understanding of many components of local food systems
    through introductions to 2 farmers and 1 chef.
    Objective 4: We will continue our outreach efforts and welcome 80 visitors to the gardens during our summer
    open garden hours events.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.