It’s green and it’s going to help the garden grow but Lopez students won’t be eating the latest green item associated with their farm-to-school program.
Lopez Island school officials have been notified that they have been awarded a grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in the amount of $3,600 toward further development of their food gardens. The “Toolbox for Education” grant has been awarded the Lopez School for the purpose of helping increase the amount of produce the students are able to plant and grow for school cafeteria. The school will be building up to six more raised growing beds with the proceeds from this grant. The school currently has a dozen beds and produces approximately 20 percent of the produce used by the food services department. The addition of the new beds and the addition of a new fruit orchard on campus, both projects assisted by this Lowe’s grant, will significantly add to the quantity of home-grown foods being served to Lopez students.
“We are excited about this support from Lowe’s and the increased fresh vegetables and produce we hope to provide our kitchen”, said Lorri Swanson, the District’s garden coordinator and author of the grant.
The school is also slated to receive a green-house/tool-shed from Lowe’s that will enable them to grow starts, develop a field-based wash-off facility, and store tools.
Principal Roland MacNichol expressed appreciation of Swanson’s work and for the support from Lowe’s. “Our efforts to feed our students healthy food and develop on appreciation in our students for healthful living is further enhanced by this grant,” MacNichol said.