Schoolyard Sprouts, a Georgia-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, originated in the fall of 2007 as the Little Sprouts Garden at the Morningside Kindergarten campus in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, Seed-n-Feed was created through community support from Murphy's Restaurant, Whole Foods Market, Farmer D Organics and Georgia State University. At Morningside Elementary gardening and farm to school became a school health and wellness initiative resulting in a Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2009. Morningside was featured by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the announcement of a statewide school heatlh initiative. In August of 2012, Springdale Park received the National Green Ribbon School award which recognized the work being done in the school's gardens. Springdale Park has also received the Bronze award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
The foundation provides gardening and farm to school funding and resources for both Morningside and Springdale Park Elementary schools. We act as a resource and have provided information to help numerous other local programs get sprouting. Children at both schools participate by planting, caring for and harvesting the garden. Local chefs demonstrate how to prepare the food we grow and the children taste what the chef has prepared.
The garden provides an experiential learning opportunity to further explore the Common Core Curriculum standards. It is a perfect setting to learn about making healthy eating choices, locally grown produce, and environmental stewardship.
This year Schoolyard Sprouts™ continues to provide resources to help provide:
Please review our news link to see what we have been up to lately.
- student exposure across all grade levels to the garden with integrated curriculum and tastings
- parent and teacher education
- more local and fresh food served in the cafeteria
- educational and fundraising events throughout the year