Thank you for your interest in The Seeds of Change Grant Program.
The program officially begins on Monday, Mar 02, 2016, so please check back soon to enter.
We look forward to receiving your submission and the opportunity to help your garden grow.


Lawndale Elementary School District - Garden Program

BY: Kris L

Lawndale, CA


“From little acorns, mighty oaks grow.” Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD), located in Lawndale, CA is an urban, low income, working class city of 33,122 residents. Serving 6,500 children, we’ve worked tirelessly to establish a comprehensive wellness policy within our school community and neighbors. Over 150 fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown in 9 school gardens that encompass a total of 23,267 sq feet. In the last school year, 2000 pounds of produce was donated to our Lawndale Commodities Free Food Program, not including the fruit and vegetables consumed by over 1300 students. What is our greatest asset? Our little gardeners with big hearts. At each garden they tend the beds, check for pests, harvest, compost and save seeds. Our school district and community form the building blocks to lifelong health and the fight against hunger. A crusade we are not willing to surrender. With recent CA State fiscal constraints, we cannot sustain this program alone and seek your help.



New this Year!

A $5,000-VALUE "Garden Ambassador Award"

If you submit the application for one of the four projects selected for a $20,000 grant, you'll get a special "Submitter's Reward" worth $5,000*! This reward will consist of:

  • An all-expense-paid trip to the Good Food Conference in Chicago, including expenses.
  • A mentorship with a gardening expert.

It's our way of thanking you for taking an active role in supporting sustainable gardening and helping your community or school.

*Full legal terms here.