SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Donna Richwine, SMMUSD

310-450-8338, ext. 259

Sara Miller, Director of Programs, CFF

(916)-446-3316

For Immediate Release

June 9, 2004

John Adams Middle School Wins School Garden Grant

The California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) announces the latest crop of school garden grant winners. The six schools awarded grants for the first quarter of 2004 range from elementary to high schools from Carlsbad in the south to Stonyford in the north. One of the schools is in Santa Monica.

John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica uses their garden as part of classroom learning, a garden club and cafeteria supplement. Students and teachers who participate in the school's "Salad Bar Gardens Co-Op" get free salad bar lunch for their students. The teachers also use the gardens to help illustrate lessons in math, science and literature. John Adams School proves that gardens help students feed their minds and their stomachs at the same time.

About CFF

Formed in 1999, the California Fertilizer Foundation has promoted a mission of enhancing awareness and understanding of plant nutrients and agriculture in California. Through the garden program, CFF provides direct funding to California schools for garden projects. The gardens provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to truly "grow" together. The school garden grant program has donated more than $40,000 to over 70 California schools. Grant applications can be downloaded from www.calfertilizer.org and are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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